- liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
- pleasurable appreciation of anything; liking: He has no relish for obscene jokes.
- 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.
- a pleasing or appetizing flavor.
- a pleasing or enjoyable quality.
- a taste or flavor.
- a smack, trace, or touch of something.
- to take pleasure in; like; enjoy: I don't relish the long drive home.
- to make pleasing to the taste.
- to like the taste of.
- to have taste or flavor.
- to be agreeable.
Origin of relish
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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.”Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
Up to a point, Blanc had relished the title “most hated man in the world.”‘Pick-Up Artist’ to Be Banned from UK
November 19, 2014
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
September 22, 2014
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'
September 20, 2014
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
February 13, 2014
The heir-apparent, the late King, admired his talent and relished his society.In the Heart of Vosges
A little flattery, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.The Universal Reciter
They were accustomed to these triumphs of logic, and relished them.The Shadow of a Crime
This, with some efforts and more noise than Gonzaga relished, was thrust across the moat.
There was nothing Ercole relished less than to be laughed at.
- 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
Word Origin and History for relished
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.