- pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
- piquant: a savory jelly.
- pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.
- British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
Origin of savory1
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Examples from the Web for savoury
The shop was nice and warm and full of the savoury smell of fresh baking.The Carpenter's Daughter
Anna Bartlett Warner
When she did this it was an epicurean thing, savoury, hot, satisfying.Gigolo
Not a few of us fail because we forget to make what we say savoury.Broken Bread
"It is not a savoury subject," he continued, with sudden stiffness.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
One of the oldest and most savoury of the regular forecastle dishes.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- attractive to the sense of taste or smell
- salty or spicy; not sweeta savoury dish
- a savoury dish served as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert
- 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 and History for savoury
"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.)).
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.).