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[sey-vuh-ree] /ˈseɪ və ri/ Chiefly British
adjective, savourier, savouriest, noun, plural savouries.
savory1 .


[sey-vuh-ree] /ˈseɪ və ri/
adjective, savorier, savoriest.
pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell:
a savory aroma.
a savory jelly.
pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.
noun, plural savories.
British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
Also, especially British, savoury.
Origin of savory1
1175-1225; Middle English savori (see savor, -y1); replacing Middle English savure < Old French savoure, past participle of savourer to savor
Related forms
savorily, adverb
savoriness, noun
Can be confused
savior, savor, savory.
1, 2. See palatable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for savouries
Historical Examples
  • The chief objects of our cooking experiments were cakes and savouries.

  • If a guest eats his fill of savouries, his stomach will be fatigued.

  • The sweets were cold, and she got in the savouries, and sometimes an ice pudding.

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • The cultivation of the taste for savouries seems to blunt the taste for fruits and the delicate foods.

  • But she is limited, very limited, and entrées and savouries are the two things in which I cannot entirely trust her.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But a 'tea' in the north country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savouries, but on its sweets.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • savouries, when possible, should be eaten with a fork, but occasionally a knife also is of imperative use.

  • This saves much time and labour and answers better for flavouring soups, gravies, or savouries of any kind.

  • After a brief pause the waiter brought on a tray half a bottle of vodka and some plates of various kinds of savouries.

  • So long as there is cheese to command, the most fastidious need not wander far in search of savouries.

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for savouries


noun (pl) -vories
any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin


attractive to the sense of taste or smell
salty or spicy; not sweet: a savoury dish
noun (pl) -vouries
a savoury dish served as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert
Derived Forms
savourily, (US) savorily, adverb
savouriness, (US) savoriness, noun
Word Origin
C13 savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour
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Word Origin and History for savouries



"pleasing in taste or smell," c.1200, from Old French savore "tasty, flavorsome" (Modern French savouré), past participle of savourer "to taste" (see savor (n.)).



aromatic mint, late 14c., perhaps an alteration of Old English sæþerie, which is ultimately from Latin satureia "savory (n.)," a foreign word in Latin. But early history of the word suggests transmission via Old French savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably was altered by influence of the Middle English or Old French form of savory (adj.).


chiefly British English spelling of savory; also see -or.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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