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

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Other Words from relish


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

Examples of relish in a Sentence


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.


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

Magneto, whom Fassbender has presented with a kind of scenery-chewing relish over the series, is calmer here, subdued. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 The tangy nest of sweet onion relish offered a third experiential layer, onions retaining just enough snap to imbue a mid-level texture between the yield of the egg and its crunchy exterior. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 Spoon some of the tomato-lemon relish on the side of the steak. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Spoon some of the tomato-lemon relish on the side of the steak. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat," 5 June 2018 The Slazenger collection also included sweats upon which Banger had, with evident relish, emphasized the first name of the company’s founder: Ralph. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 Jazz them up with a seasonally appropriate relish, salsa or yogurt sauce. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to keep your cool when it feels too hot to cook," 24 July 2018 The roasted butternut with tahini yogurt and golden raisin relish will slay you, and the carrot enchilada is next-level flavor. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Serve lamb topped with relish and vegetables alongside. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Lamb Chops With Roasted Potatoes and Radishes," 11 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While this may sound like there’s a focus on the raw here, Bündok relishes all its flavors, cooked or uncooked, whipping up dishes that are artful and rich, and served only with the freshest ingredients. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 Broshears clearly relished the attention the vigilante crew brought him. Eric Markowitz, Newsweek, "The Most Dangerous Gay Man in America Fought Violence With Violence," 25 Jan. 2018 The company forecast revenue growth of 21% for the first quarter—a pace that most media companies would relish but below what is normal for Netflix. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Netflix Reports Paid Customers Rise on Strength Overseas," 17 Jan. 2019 Gyllenhaal relishes the chance to perform something that feels so personal and vulnerable. Adam Green, Vogue, "Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Return to the New York Stage in Sea Wall/A Life," 10 Dec. 2018 The two spent a few hours talking about plans for the summer, the kind of casual conversation that Tammy could relish now that Tristan appeared to be turning her life around. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The opioid crisis ‘silver lining’: A heroin overdose that killed 1 mom, saved 4 lives," 19 Apr. 2018 The role of a confident leader welcoming visiting, and lower-ranking, officials from the rival South is one Kim clearly relishes. Time, "North Korea's Kim Jong Un Wants to 'Write a New History' With South Korea After Talks," 6 Mar. 2018 Bitter and swift, the film allows itself a strain of acid humor that Belvaux might deem inappropriate but that Sturges or Capra—and Billy Wilder, for sure—would sneakily relish. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "“This Is Our Land” and “Le Corbeau”," 5 July 2010 Today, the boys relish the park’s covered dugouts and manicured outfields. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019

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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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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



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

: to enjoy or take pleasure in (something)


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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