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[sey-vuh-ree]Chiefly British
adjective, sa·vour·i·er, sa·vour·i·est, noun, plural sa·vour·ies.
  1. savory1.
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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.
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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.
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Also especially British, sa·vour·y.

Origin of savory

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

1, 2. See palatable.
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Examples from the Web for savouries

Historical Examples of savouries

  • The chief objects of our cooking experiments were cakes and savouries.

    An English Girl's First Impressions of Burmah

    Beth Ellis

  • If a guest eats his fill of savouries, his stomach will be fatigued.

  • The sweets were cold, and she got in the savouries, and sometimes an ice pudding.

    Lady Cassandra

    Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

  • The cultivation of the taste for savouries seems to blunt the taste for fruits and the delicate foods.

  • But she is limited, very limited, and entrées and savouries are the two things in which I cannot entirely trust her.

    A Duet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for savouries


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
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Word Origin for savory

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


US savory

  1. attractive to the sense of taste or smell
  2. salty or spicy; not sweeta savoury dish
  3. pleasant
  4. respectable
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noun plural -vouries
  1. a savoury dish served as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert
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Derived Formssavourily or US savorily, adverbsavouriness or US savoriness, noun

Word Origin for savoury

C13 savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour
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Word Origin and History for savouries



"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.)).

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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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chiefly British English spelling of savory; also see -or.

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