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

Meanwhile, make relish: In food processor, puree pickled peppers, feta, scallion and vinegar. Form sliders with rolls, lettuce, relish and patties. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Lamb Sliders with Pepper Relish," 26 Nov. 2018 Lindsay Braddy, 33, makes a giant batch of tuna salad each week, mixed with mayonnaise, pickle relish and pickle juice, and brings it to work for lunch. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "The Trouble With Tuna: ‘A Lot of Millennials Don’t Even Own Can Openers’," 2 Dec. 2018 The food, from the relishes and chutneys to the samosas and lamb chops, is good, cheap, and a joy. Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Indian Restaurants in London," 27 Feb. 2018 Organic, free-range eggs have starring roles in dishes such as frittatina (with chives, ricotta di bufala cheese and fresh herbs) or Uova in Camicia (poached eggs with traditional Sardinian flatbread, tomato, relish, pancetta, and pecorino cheese). Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 In Chicago, the beef hot dog has pickle spears, relish, peppers, and tomatoes (absolutely no ketchup, ever). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Top bottoms of rolls with 1/2 cup cauliflower relish. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Salami Sandwiches with Cauliflower Relish," 31 Oct. 2018 Pro tip: Rosa Mexicano—no relation to the chain—is a rollicking restaurant that serves coconut shrimp and octopus with black-bean relish. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Presley often covered the song in the 1970s and performed it with relish, waving his arms over his head and dancing throughout the song. Kristin M. Hall, The Seattle Times, "Country bluesman, hit songwriter Tony Joe White dies," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For viewers willing to pause and ponder, there’s plenty to relish in Ms. Celmins’s art, and in Mr. Garrels’s bravely commandeering a goodly amount of SFMoMA’s wall space for such quiet, modest works. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory’ Review: Beauty in the Meticulous," 17 Dec. 2018 Former Auburn coach Tony Barbee relished in his former program's lopsided loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night. Tom Green, AL.com, "Former Auburn coach Tony Barbee trolls former team during NCAA Tournament loss," 18 Mar. 2018 The Favourite relishes the shock value of its royal lesbian love triangle, but viewers really shouldn't be surprised. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 In the end, the two leads fall in love while relishing in the spirit of Christmas—at least the more secular parts. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "This Season’s Guilty Pleasure: Binge-Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies," 29 Nov. 2018 Fellow Wonder Woman alum Nielsen also relished working with Jenkins again. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine Attend The New York Premiere for TNT’s I Am The Night," 24 Jan. 2019 President Vladimir Putin seems to be relishing the role of international troublemaker. Kenneth R. Weinstein, WSJ, "What It’s Like to Be a ‘Fancy Bear’ Target," 21 Aug. 2018 The communications executive relishes the unhurried, uninterrupted hours her morning routine allows. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s the Rush? The Power of a Slow Morning," 8 Jan. 2019 Trump relishes a good fight, those close to him have said, and will hit back twice as hard when he’s been attacked. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Warren accuses Trump of ‘creepy’ comments about her DNA test," 15 Oct. 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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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 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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