savory

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[sey-vuh-ree]
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adjective, sa·vor·i·er, sa·vor·i·est.
  1. pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
  2. piquant: a savory jelly.
  3. pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.
noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
  1. 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, sa·vour·y.

Origin of savory

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1175–1225; Middle English savori (see savor, -y1); replacing Middle English savure < Old French savoure, past participle of savourer to savor
Related formssa·vor·i·ly, adverbsa·vor·i·ness, noun
Can be confusedsavior savor savory

Synonyms for savory

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1, 2. See palatable.
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British Dictionary definitions for savorier

savory

noun plural -vories
  1. 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)
  2. the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb

Word Origin for savory

C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for savorier

savory

adj.

"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.)).

savory

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.).

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