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


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


relishable \ ˈre-​li-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce relishable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of relish in a Sentence


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.


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

Sweet, salty, and a little acidic, this apricot relish makes for the perfect pairing with pork. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork with Roasted Asparagus and Apricot Relish," 29 Apr. 2019 Full Moon also is known for housemade spicy chow-chow relish that goes on sandwiches and on the side of plates. Eric Velasco,, "Meet the crew who makes Birmingham’s barbecue," 3 June 2019 Magneto, whom Fassbender has presented with a kind of scenery-chewing relish over the series, is calmer here, subdued. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 The tangy nest of sweet onion relish offered a third experiential layer, onions retaining just enough snap to imbue a mid-level texture between the yield of the egg and its crunchy exterior. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 Spoon some of the tomato-lemon relish on the side of the steak. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Spoon some of the tomato-lemon relish on the side of the steak. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat," 5 June 2018 The Slazenger collection also included sweats upon which Banger had, with evident relish, emphasized the first name of the company’s founder: Ralph. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 Jazz them up with a seasonally appropriate relish, salsa or yogurt sauce. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to keep your cool when it feels too hot to cook," 24 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Will relish manager Brendan Rodgers style of play, and could have another ripsnorter of a campaign., "Leicester Fantasy Football: Every Player's Price in 2019/20 Game Revealed," 6 July 2019 Somehow, this kind of rigorous, thoughtful probing still manages to coexist in perfect harmony with the show’s barbed sense of humor, an incongruence that Streep, in particular, seems to relish. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 Godín is a terrier on the backline, and will relish the challenge of silencing the home crowd. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "World Cup game times: Spain, Portugal look to win Group B, Russia-Uruguay to settle Group A," 24 June 2018 Fry and Phillips probably didn’t relish the 2,100 mile trip from Seattle to Buffalo, N.Y., where the Tides play this weekend. Peter Schmuck,, "With "Norfolk Shuttle" operating at capacity, Orioles recall Branden Kline and Tanner Scott," 21 June 2019 Eddie Winters acknowledged he’s someone who relishes a good challenge. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Harvey hires CPD lieutenant, ex-lawmaker to transform police department," 8 June 2019 Gard, a childless man in his mid-fifties, did not relish the task at hand. Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, "The Value of a Cell," 23 May 2019 And as freewheeling, democratic South Korea won’t relish wallowing under Stalinist totalitarianism, mending the political divide remains a huge sticking point. Charlie Campbell, Time, "What Would Korean Reunification Look Like? Five Glaring Problems to Overcome," 26 Apr. 2018 His health isn't getting better, Ray says, and his wife doesn't relish another long restoration project. Jesse Leavenworth,, "'46 Chevrolet Panel Truck In Lebanon Customized To Deliver A Memorable Ride," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of relish


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relish


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

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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



English Language Learners Definition of relish (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enjoy or take pleasure in (something)


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


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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