rel·​ish | \ ˈre-lish How to pronounce relish (audio) \

Definition of relish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characteristic flavor especially : pleasing or zestful flavor
2 : a quantity just sufficient to flavor or characterize : trace
3a : 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
4a : something adding a zestful flavor especially : a condiment (as of pickles or green tomatoes) eaten with other food to add flavor


relished; relishing; relishes

Definition of relish (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to have a characteristic or pleasing taste

Other Words from relish


relishable \ ˈre-​li-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce relish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of relish in a Sentence

Noun I like to eat hot dogs with mustard and relish. She plays the role with great relish. He took particular relish in pointing out my error. Verb I relish traveling to new places. I don't relish the idea of working late tonight. He relishes the chance to compete again. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chocolate clams are prepared in a manner similar to choros a la chalaca, a Peruvian classic of steamed mussels served in their shells and covered with a citrusy onion relish. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 The spicy sausage is a great canvas for chow-chow, a relish traditionally made in the South. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 There is also an antipasto duo of crudi ($16) composed of raw red tuna dashed with limoncello, nuts and seeds, and bass with a sweet pepper relish scented with mint. John Mariani, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Surrounding it, there might be jeow — a tasty relish of some kind — along with a soup, meat and vegetable for everyone to reach for communally. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 The restaurant serves a hearty roster of comfort dishes like dumplings (also sold frozen for customers to create meals at home), fried rice, protein and veggie bowls slathered in a chili garlic relish, fresh wontons and more. Chron, 23 Dec. 2021 This weekend’s event, which takes place at Camp North End, promises multiple stages and events for Black people to revel, relish, and enjoy. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 18 June 2022 Lighthouse Grille serves Maryland crab cake - Jumbo lump, roasted corn relish, remoulade and chipotle honey. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2021 Barnette, who has delved into the Trumpian political world view with relish, has made numerous anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The odds are that at least for some time ahead, passengers will still relish looking out the windows of the vehicle. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 18 June 2021 But the stuff in them is so neat that even the most experienced outdoorspeople still relish a trip. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 19 June 2020 Who doesn’t relish the comfort of attending a business meeting in pajama bottoms, or saving two hours on their daily commute? Karl Moore, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Despite spending the better part of four decades on television, Vanessa Echols does not relish being the center of attention. Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel, 27 May 2022 Showalter did not relish the idea of pulling Scherzer from a no-hitter, and Ruf spared him the decision by pulling a clean single to left. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 No doubt their battle will continue, two undisputed stars who don’t conceal their mutual admiration but relish the competition. Steve Hensonassistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Communities across Arizona cherish and relish the aromas of the monsoon that precede the intense thunderstorms and flash flood warnings. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2022 Barcelona is not in a position to make expensive, wholesale changes to its team but will relish another chance to respond to Xavi’s methods, with Pedri, Gavi and Ronald Araújo amongst those growing into their roles as young trailblazers. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relish


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relish


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

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3 Jul 2022

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rel·​ish | \ ˈre-lish How to pronounce relish (audio) \

Kids Definition of relish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : great enjoyment He plays the game with relish.
2 : a highly seasoned food eaten with other food to add flavor


relished; relishing

Kids Definition of relish (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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