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relish

noun rel·ish \ ˈre-lish \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018
1 : characteristic flavor; especially : pleasing or zestful flavor
2 : a quantity just sufficient to flavor or characterize : trace
3 a : enjoyment of or delight in something that satisfies one's tastes, inclinations, or desires
  • eat with great relish
b : a strong liking : inclination
  • has little relish for sports
4 a : something adding a zestful flavor; especially : a condiment (as of pickles or green tomatoes) eaten with other food to add flavor

Examples of relish in a Sentence

  1. I like to eat hot dogs with mustard and relish.

  2. She plays the role with great relish.

  3. He took particular relish in pointing out my error.

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Origin and Etymology of relish

alteration of Middle English reles odor, taste, from Middle French, something left behind, release — more at release

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relish

verb
relished; relishing; relishes
1 : to add relish to
2 : to be pleased or gratified by : enjoy
3 : to eat or drink with pleasure
4 : to appreciate with taste and discernment
: to have a characteristic or pleasing taste

relishable

play \ˈre-li-shə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of relish in a Sentence

  1. I relish traveling to new places.

  2. I don't relish the idea of working late tonight.

  3. He relishes the chance to compete again.

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First Known Use of relish

1586

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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relish Synonyms

Phrases

be partial to, get a kick out of (or charge), go for, have a soft spot for, take to;


RELISH Defined for English Language Learners

relish

  • : a seasoned sauce that is used to add flavor to other foods and that is made of chopped fruit or vegetables; especially : such a sauce made from pickles

  • : enjoyment of or delight in something

  • : a feeling of liking something


relish

  • : to enjoy or take pleasure in (something)


RELISH Defined for Kids

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relish

noun rel·ish \ ˈre-lish \
1 : great enjoyment
  • He plays the game with relish.
2 : a highly seasoned food eaten with other food to add flavor

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relish

verb
relished; relishing
1 : to be pleased by : enjoy
  • She relishes the attention she's been getting.
2 : to like the taste of


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