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savory

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[ sey-vuh-ree ]
/ ˈseɪ və ri /
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adjective, more sa·vor·y or (Rare) sa·vor·i·er, most sa·vor·y or (Rare) sa·vor·i·est.
having a salty, spicy, or piquant flavor; not sweet:Plantains, though they look very similar to bananas, can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, as they take on other flavors really well.
having or suggesting the flavor of umami: A farmhouse cheddar is combined with Italian black truffles for a distinctive earthy, savory flavor.
pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: Savory aromas fill the air as our friendly staff serves up a variety of rich Southwestern dishes.
pleasing, attractive, or agreeable: The album is a savory blend of jazz and Afrobeat.
noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
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Also especially British, sa·vour·y .

Origin of savory

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English savori; replacing Middle English savure, from Old French savoure, past participle of savourer “to savor”; see origin at savor, -y1

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2, 3. See palatable.

OTHER WORDS FROM savory

sa·vor·i·ly, adverbsa·vor·i·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH savory

savior, savor, savory

Other definitions for savory (2 of 2)

savory2
[ sey-vuh-ree ]
/ ˈseɪ və ri /

noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis(summer savory ) or S. montana(winter savory ), having narrow leaves used in cooking.

Origin of savory

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First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English saverei(e), saverai(e); probably an alteration (by influence of savory1) of Old French sarree, from Old English sætherie from Latin saturēia
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British Dictionary definitions for savory

savory
/ (ˈseɪvərɪ) /

noun plural -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 for savory

C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin
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