- something savory or appetizing added to a meal, as pickles or olives.
- a sweet pickle made of various vegetables, usually chopped or minced.
- an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of relish
Examples from the Web for relished
Everyone—everyone who has never emailed a Sony employee, at least—relished the thought it was a “dictator move.”
Up to a point, Blanc had relished the title “most hated man in the world.”
Was there a brief window where I relished it, where it proved something about the passage of teenager-hood to manhood?Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point|Tim Teeman|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rivers loved working, she relished being in the mix, and game.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'|Tim Teeman|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He hid from the local media and threatened to punch out a TV news director, yet relished moments in the national spotlight.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison|Jason Berry|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I know not what dish we should have relished better p. 138than our turnips and chestnuts.Palissy the Huguenot Potter|C. L. Brightwell
We relished it hugely, for we had been altogether without dinner, and our breakfast was of the scantiest character.Capturing a Locomotive|William Pittenger
Possibly Cardinal Cullen might have relished them no better.Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888)|William Henry Hurlbert
Jervaise evidently had failed to appreciate the detail that I had relished with such delight.The Jervaise Comedy|J. D. Beresford
Barbara came more slowly back, and looked somewhat as if she had had a sharper rebuke than she understood or relished.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
Word Origin for relish
1520s, "taste, flavor," alteration of reles "scent, taste, aftertaste," (c.1300), from Old French relais, reles, "something remaining, that which is left behind," from relaisser "to leave behind" (see release (v.)). Meaning "enjoyment of the taste or flavor of something" is attested from 1640s. Sense of "condiment, that which imparts flavor" is first recorded 1797. The stuff you put on hot dogs is a sweet green pickle relish.
1560s "give flavor to" (implied in relished), from relish (n.). The transferred sense of "to enjoy, take pleasure in" is from 1590s. Related: Relishing.