relish

noun
rel·ish | \ ˈre-lish \

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

b : appetizer, hors d'oeuvre

relish

verb
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

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Other words from relish

Verb

relishable \ˈre-li-shə-bəl \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While most DJs, then and now, were loath to mingle in this fashion, Biondi did so with relish, endearing himself to packs of teens who became devoted listeners. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "She used to listen to Chicago radio's Dick Biondi under her pillow; now she's making a movie," 5 July 2018 The newest justice jumped into his new job with relish. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Anthony Kennedy: Swing justice wielded quiet power in a range of high-profile cases," 27 June 2018 Arrange the trout and the asparagus relish over the mound. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago veteran chef John Coletta bringing his deep look at Italian rice to Lit Fest," 23 May 2018 Prepare avocado-lemongrass sauce and tomato-lemon relish, if using. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Whisk mayonnaise, sour cream, relish, mustard, garlic powder, pepper, and remaining ½ tsp. Bon Appetit, "Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs," 28 May 2018 The patio has its own menu, with essentials like brats and hot dogs but also items like a memorable pork sausage made with makrut lime and chile and topped with mango relish. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 Homemade hot giardiniera, a pickled relish typically made of cauliflower, carrots, celery and peppers, supplied some light tartness to this meaty dish. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Garp & Fuss: Murky menu, lovely location," 6 July 2018 In the sentence Jane ate spaghetti with relish, does relish refer to a condiment or to enthusiastic enjoyment? Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On one hand, Amer clearly relishes the opportunity to perform for American troops. Andrew Dansby, San Antonio Express-News, "Houston comedian Mo Amer has poetry in his blood, and a Netflix special coming up," 26 June 2018 Xiong had slept on his neck funny, yet relished the chance to hit the golf course. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks sophomore Norman Xiong drawing comparisons to Tiger Woods," 11 May 2018 Drivers relish the freedom of deciding when and how much to work. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gig economy faces shakeup after California high court ruling," 7 May 2018 Some of the riders relished the chance to spread the sport of cycling to new locations -- and maybe even to do some sightseeing on the ride. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Giro d'Italia: Cycling Classic begins with historic Israel visit," 4 May 2018 Titans — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: Mike Vrabel should relish the chance to scoop up a versatile and aggressive linebacker like Evans, who would also elevate the pass rush with his blitzing skills. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2018: How first round shapes up if Sam Darnold is No. 1 pick," 26 Apr. 2018 McCain might relish a chance to torpedo Trump's CIA nominee as well. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "John McCain was tortured as a POW in Vietnam. Will he help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?," 19 Apr. 2018 Roark, 53, will move into the private sector and relishes the chance to spend more time with his family. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Angleton’s Ryan Roark to retire after 29 years coaching HS football," 29 Mar. 2018 The former Elkhart County prosecutor is also an Elvis impersonator who has relished punditry appearances on Fox News. Brian Slodysko, The Seattle Times, "Indiana attorney general says groping allegations are false," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of relish

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relish

Noun

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

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Dictionary Entries near relish

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reliquism

relish

relisten

relive

relleno

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More Definitions for relish

relish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of relish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of relish (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enjoy or take pleasure in (something)

relish

noun
rel·ish | \ ˈre-lish \

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

relish

verb
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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