[ sey-vuh-ree ]
/ ˈseɪ və ri /
Chiefly British

adjective, sa·vour·i·er, sa·vour·i·est, noun, plural sa·vour·ies.

Definition for savoury (2 of 2)


[ 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.
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


1, 2 See palatable.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

savior savor savory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for savoury (1 of 2)


US savory

/ (ˈseɪvərɪ) /


attractive to the sense of taste or smell
salty or spicy; not sweeta savoury dish

noun plural -vouries

a savoury dish served as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert

Derived Forms

savourily or US savorily, adverbsavouriness or US savoriness, noun

Word Origin for savoury

C13 savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour

British Dictionary definitions for savoury (2 of 2)


/ (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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