adjective \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\

: having a pleasant taste or smell

: having a spicy or salty quality without being sweet

: morally good

Full Definition of SAVORY

:  having savor: as
a :  piquantly pleasant to the mind <a savory triumph>
b :  morally exemplary :  edifying
c :  pleasing to the sense of taste especially by reason of effective seasoning
d :  pungently flavorful without sweetness
sa·vor·i·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb
sa·vor·i·ness \-rē-nəs\ noun

Variants of SAVORY

sa·vory also sa·voury \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\

Examples of SAVORY

  1. They prepared an assortment of both sweet and savory foods.
  2. <cedar is one of the most savory of all woods>

First Known Use of SAVORY

13th century

Rhymes with SAVORY


plural sa·vor·ies also sa·vour·ies

Definition of SAVORY

:  a dish of stimulating flavor served usually at the end of dinner but sometimes as an appetizer

Variants of SAVORY

savory also savoury

First Known Use of SAVORY


Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


noun \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\
plural sa·vo·ries

Definition of SAVORY

:  either of two aromatic mints:
a :  summer savory
b :  winter savory

Origin of SAVORY

Middle English saverey
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Aromatic annual herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, native to southern Europe. The dried leaves and flowering tops are used as a flavouring and in herb bouquets. Winter, or dwarf, savory (S. montana) is smaller and flowers in winter. It is used for culinary purposes almost interchangeably with the summer species.


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