1

relish

play
noun rel·ish \ ˈre-lish \

Definition of relish

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.

Recent Examples of relish from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'relish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of relish

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


2

relish

verb

Definition of relish

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

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.

Recent Examples of relish from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'relish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of relish

1586

relish Synonyms

Synonyms
adore, delight (in), dig, fancy, get off (on), groove (on), like, love, rejoice (in), enjoy, revel (in), savor (also savour)
Related Words
admire, appreciate, cherish, revere, venerate, worship; prize, treasure, value; devour, drink (in), eat (up), feast (on); dote (on), idolize; cotton (to), favor, prefer; indulge (in), luxuriate (in), wallow (in)
Near Antonyms
abhor, abominate, detest, dislike, hate, loathe; condemn, despise, scorn

RELISH Defined for English Language Learners

relish

play
noun

Definition of relish for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of relish for English Language Learners

  • : to enjoy or take pleasure in (something)


RELISH Defined for Kids

1

relish

play
noun rel·ish \ ˈre-lish \

Definition of relish for Students

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

2

relish

verb

Definition of relish for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up relish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

smooth or hairless

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized-drawing-of-woman-pole-vaulting-across-gap-to-get-trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!