relish

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noun

rel·​ish ˈre-lish How to pronounce relish (audio)
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

relish

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verb

relished; relishing; relishes

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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Add relish, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir well to combine. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 Tangy cranberries and sweet oranges combine to make this classic relish. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2023 The fir wood crate with an attached chalkboard is filled with all kinds of sweet and savory goodies, including dry salami, sausage, cheddar cheese, crackers, pepper and onion relish, sesame sticks, caramel popcorn, chocolate cake, baklava, mixed nuts, gummy candy, and galettes. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 All modern California governors have performed this role, often in different ways and frequently with relish. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 The meal was a creative ode to Arora's Singaporean Thai heritage, served with relish as his elderly beagle quietly looked on. All over this compact, gleaming metropolis, a softer side is emerging. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Oct. 2023 This deviled egg potato salad has the classic elements of yellow mustard and pickle relish, plus a dash of hot sauce. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 14 Aug. 2023 What remains fresh is her music and her relish in singing it. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023 The cucumber relish balances spicy and cool by utilizing fresh chile peppers. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 July 2023
Verb
The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, fans of COMO's quietly luxurious resorts will relish COMO Metropolitan Singapore, an urban sanctuary with stylish rooms outfitted with bespoke Giorgetti furnishings. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2023 In his memory, live with authenticity, justice, honesty and kindness, look out for your friends and family, listen to real music and relish the times with good company and plenty of liquor. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 4 Nov. 2023 Former Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer relishes festooning her gardens with avant-garde sculptures by the likes of Jeff Koons, while Howard Schultz, builder of Starbucks, gets a kick from adding to his display case of rare, vintage Rolex watches. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2023 Barbra Streisand is relishing one of her more recent roles: Doting grandma to Eden Brolin, Trevor Brolin, Chapel Grace Brolin and Westlyn Reign Brolin. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 That may mean relishing sweet potato pies baked from beloved family recipes or baking up unfamiliar ones to create new memories. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023 Apple Apple relishes the comparisons with its ex-partner Intel, whose i7-1360P does not come off well here. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023 Tuning his guitar and strumming a few chords, TALK took a moment to relish this point in his journey – returning to North America after a long leg across Europe, and how much this all matters. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of relish was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Relish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relish. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

relish

1 of 2 noun
rel·​ish ˈrel-ish How to pronounce relish (audio)
1
: a pleasing appetizing taste
2
: a small bit added for flavor : dash
3
a
: enjoyment or delight in something
eat with great relish
b
: a strong liking
4
: a highly seasoned food (as of pickles or mustard) eaten with other food to add flavor

relish

2 of 2 verb
1
: to add relish to
2
: to be pleased by : enjoy
3
: to eat or drink with pleasure
relishable adjective

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