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

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

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 Branston’s juicy, sweet chunks of relish can also transform a humble cheese sandwich into a fancy deli-style concoction. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "11 Positively British Snacks to Order Online Before the Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018 There might not be a head basketball coach in the country who takes his shirt off in public as frequently and with as much relish as Nevada's Eric Musselman. Dan Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Nevada coach Eric Musselman can't seem to keep his shirt on," 19 Mar. 2018 Even on a Thursday night in mid-May, patrons crowded in and spilled out onto the deck overlooking the lake. Dinner begins with supper club classics of a relish tray, a mini loaf of bread, soup and a salad. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 dining destinations in Wisconsin worth a road trip," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 28-year-old Australian has proven herself many times over to be a versatile, idiosyncratic actress that relishes defying convention and challenging the status quo. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Will Margot Robbie's Starring Role as Barbie Reinforce Old Stereotypes—or Defy Them?," 9 Jan. 2019 After the photo, the boy remained with Santa, clearly relishing his visit. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Sad Santas Confront Empty Malls: ‘Do I Have Something in My Beard?’," 17 Dec. 2018 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 Transfer squash and shallots to a platter and spoon pomegranate relish over top. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Acorn Squash With Pomegranate Relish," 30 Nov. 2018 While many relish the convenience that Alexa holds, others remain concerned about having an always-listening device in their homes. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon said to release eight new Alexa devices before year’s end," 18 Sep. 2018 There’s some people who really relish that sort of ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Roku isn’t afraid of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon," 13 Sep. 2018 Vignon clearly relishes being at the center of the storm, with reporters now beating a path to the Vercors plateau in southeastern France where the portly priest ministers. John Leicester, Fox News, "In France, rebel priest takes on church bosses on sex abuse," 6 Sep. 2018 Coco Austin is relishing the bond that breastfeeding brings. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Everything Coco Austin Has Said About Nursing Her 2½-Year-Old Daughter," 31 May 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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reliquism

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relisten

relive

relleno

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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 \

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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