relish

noun
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

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 How to pronounce relishable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here are 16 cranberry sauce, relish and chutney recipes that are worthy additions to your holiday feast. oregonlive, "16 Thanksgiving cranberry recipes that put sauce out of a can to shame," 23 Nov. 2019 The pickle relish is key, bringing a sweet-and-sour punch to the ham, then the triad of mayonnaise-replicators — yogurt, mustard and lemon juice — gather it all together. Washington Post, "Ham salad, a retro throwback, keeps its cool by losing the mayo," 21 June 2019 The relish will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Los Angeles Times, "Embrace the slime in this Southern okra relish," 17 Aug. 2019 Divide the salmon on 4 plates and serve with the warm relish spooned on top. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018 Briefly but with relish, Ginsburg told the story of the 2007 wage discrimination dispute, Lilly Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s proudest professional moment was a loss," 1 Nov. 2019 Greed is not respectable and should be shamed with relish! Rhonda Lieberman, The New Republic, "Painting Over the Dirty Truth," 23 Sep. 2019 Pelosi tells me with relish, referring to Jared Kushner’s Baltimore apartment complexes, some of which are infested with mice and maggots. Jason Bell; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nancy Pelosi Is Praying for Trump," 23 Sep. 2019 All dinners come with house-baked rolls and butter, citrus spread cranberry relish, turkey gravy (gluten-free) and classic pumpkin pie. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "8 places to order fully-prepared complete Thanksgiving dinner to go," 17 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Obviously, the theatrical experience and its communal aspects of movie-going offer unique qualities that people continue to relish. Brian Lowry, CNN, "As 'Star Wars' disappoints, studios might need to adjust streaming-age expectations," 14 Jan. 2020 The Swiss forward swallowed his pride and appeared to relish being part of a real strong squad, rather than the heart and soul of it. SI.com, "Xherdan Shaqiri: From Relegation to Champions League Winner in 4 Short Premier League Years," 11 Aug. 2019 But a few candidates no doubt will be relishing the night, namely Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was seen as one winner. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "To Be Taken Seriously, Should Women Try to Sound More ‘Male’?," 21 Nov. 2019 Fads are fun in fashion—after all, who doesn’t relish the chance to reinvent herself every fall? Vogue, "Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal," 12 Nov. 2019 Happy to dial it back as the straight man or to ham it up as the eccentric weirdo, Chance clearly relished being on the SNL stage. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Chance the Rapper Hosted SNL Again. Chaos Ensued.," 27 Oct. 2019 Neither one of us relished the idea of creating a baby via hormone injections and petri dishes, and then of putting those cells on ice for almost two years. Lindsay Warner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why I Chose to Freeze My Eggs," 27 Sep. 2019 Trump is not begging to be impeached, and Giuliani does not relish the opportunity to embarrass them: Neither one of them wants to be here at all. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Impeachment Shouldn’t Be the Goal of Impeachment," 26 Sep. 2019 Many Capital veterans relished their reputation as mavericks and cowboys, especially in comparison to their staid Wall Street rivals. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for relish

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The first known use of relish was in 1530

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Last Updated

11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relish. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for relish

relish

noun
How to pronounce relish (audio)

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 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

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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