verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to have taste or flavor.
to be agreeable.

Nearby words

  1. religiously,
  2. relinquish,
  3. reliquary,
  4. relique,
  5. reliquiae,
  6. relive,
  7. relleno,
  8. rellies,
  9. reload,
  10. relocatable

Origin of relish

1520–30; alteration of Middle English reles aftertaste, scent < Old French, variant of relais remainder, that left behind; see release

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British Dictionary definitions for relish


verb (tr)

to savour or enjoy (an experience) to the full
to anticipate eagerly; look forward to
to enjoy the taste or flavour of (food, etc); savour
to give appetizing taste or flavour to (food), by or as if by the addition of pickles or spices


liking or enjoyment, as of something eaten or experienced (esp in the phrase with relish)
pleasurable anticipationhe didn't have much relish for the idea
an appetizing or spicy food added to a main dish to enhance its flavour
an appetizing taste or flavour
a zestful trace or touchthere was a certain relish in all his writing
music (in English lute, viol, and keyboard music of the 16th and 17th centuries) a trilling ornament, used esp at cadences
Derived Formsrelishable, adjective

Word Origin for relish

C16: from earlier reles aftertaste, from Old French: something remaining, from relaisser to leave behind; see release

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Word Origin and History for relish
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