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 relish (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 Manufacturers have more leeway with hummus, aioli and pickle relish. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Liberation Day for French Dressing," 27 Dec. 2020 Followers and fans devour @zillowgonewild content with relish. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "‘The Axe Body Spray of mansions’: Inside the zany Instagram world of Zillow Gone Wild," 21 Jan. 2021 Mank flings bons mots and brickbats with mischievous relish, and there are a handful of smart people around who can return his volleys with proper screwball topspin. New York Times, "‘Mank’ Review: A Rosebud by Any Other Name," 3 Dec. 2020 The event is also an opportunity to network, look to the future and relish being in a sea of talented cohorts. Washington Post, "Howard’s homecoming is a family reunion. In a year of loss and protest, coming together feels more urgent.," 16 Oct. 2020 Turkey, spiral ham, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, King’s Hawaiian rolls and cranberry relish. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "15+ places to dine out, order food to-go for Thanksgiving in Louisville," 10 Nov. 2020 Alma: Chef/owner Alex Roberts is concentrating on do-it-yourself kits ($14 to $45) that range from hors d’oeuvres to sage stuffing, and also offering premade dinner essentials ($4.50 to $7) such as Parker House rolls and cranberry-ginger relish. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Here are 25 Twin Cities restaurants serving takeout Thanksgiving dinners," 4 Nov. 2020 The line was delivered with enough relish to suggest his interest in Arsenal’s possible relegation was not so much sincere concern as an irresistible opportunity to warm the embers of an old rivalry. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Nothing Lasts Forever," 4 Dec. 2020 As is, cranberry sauce makes a perfect day-after sandwich relish. Washington Post, "How to make the most of Thanksgiving leftovers," 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Mavericks, however, had little time to relish the end of what tied for the third-longest slide of coach Rick Carlisle’s 12-year tenure with a national TV clash against the Warriors looming Thursday. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Mavs weather Hawks’ late rally, snap 6-game losing streak with 122-116 victory," 3 Feb. 2021 Most die-hard music fans also get to relish certain live albums that take them back to actually being in the room when they were recorded. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "The best albums are live albums, especially during the pandemic," 19 Jan. 2021 The Buckeyes took a 42-28 lead into halftime and continued to build on it in the second half behind E.J. Liddell, who seems to relish the chance to play against his home school. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball shows off its ceiling in 87-81 road win over Illinois: Buckeye Take," 16 Jan. 2021 Your favorite trendsetter, who will relish the bragging rights that come with discovering new authors. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "Six book subscription boxes that solve the problem of what to read next," 7 Dec. 2020 While retailers relish the holiday shopping season as a time when consumers open their purses or wallets, for many consumers--especially those who do not like shopping--these days are filled with dread. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JAY L. ZAGORSKY: Budgeting for holiday gift-giving," 6 Dec. 2020 Still, analysts expect theaters to survive the curveball thrown to them by Warner Bros. because people relish going to the movies. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Theaters will weather Warner Bros. decision to stream first-run films, analysts say," 4 Dec. 2020 During his first term, Americans have watched his administration relish the opportunity to destroy net neutrality—the core principle of a free and open internet. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Internet Trump Built," 30 Oct. 2020 Orb colt will relish any moisture in the track; should improve in second start. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Sunday's Fair Grounds races," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Feb 2021

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“Relish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relish. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for relish

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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