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summer savory

  1. See under savory2.
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Origin of summer savory

First recorded in 1565–75


noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
  1. 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.
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Origin of savory2

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 summer savory

Historical Examples

  • Summer-savory is excellent to season soup, broth, and sausages.

    The American Frugal Housewife

    Lydia M. Child

  • Her life has been as harmless as a bed of sage, and as wholesome as summer-savory.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches

    Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for summer savory


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

C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for summer savory



"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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