savory

1
[ sey-vuh-ree ]
/ ˈseɪ və ri /

adjective, sa·vor·i·er, sa·vor·i·est.

pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
piquant: a savory jelly.
pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.

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.

Nearby words

  1. savona,
  2. savonarola,
  3. savonarola chair,
  4. savonarola, girolamo,
  5. savor,
  6. savour,
  7. savoury,
  8. savoy,
  9. savoy alps,
  10. savoy cabbage

Also especially British, sa·vour·y.

Origin of savory

1
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

savory

2
[ 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 cookery.

Origin of savory

2
1350–1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie < Latin saturēia (whence also Old English saturege, Middle English satureie)

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Examples from the Web for savories

  • But a 'tea' in the north-country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savories, but on its sweets.

    Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The same remarks apply to savories, which last ought always to be highly seasoned, whether hot or cold.

  • Savories, on the contrary, are a whet to the appetite and clear the palate for the due appreciation of the dinner.

  • Savories, a species of salt fish and cheese sandwich, is served in England hot, about the end of dinner.

    The Complete Bachelor|Walter Germain


British Dictionary definitions for savories

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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Word Origin and History for savories
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