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

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 The roasted butternut with tahini yogurt and golden raisin relish will slay you, and the carrot enchilada is next-level flavor. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Serve lamb topped with relish and vegetables alongside. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Lamb Chops With Roasted Potatoes and Radishes," 11 Mar. 2019 Corn relish makes for a prime topping, and this is the time of year to do it. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Today, the boys relish the park’s covered dugouts and manicured outfields. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 With fashion week looming in the days ahead, the stylish relished this calm moment before the chaos. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Dianna Agron Hosts a Dinner for her Favorite Shoemaker Fabrizio Viti," 6 Feb. 2019 Despite the challenges, the group relishes the experience of being out at sea. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 In their teens and 20s, the sisters, now 46, relished the confusion, playing tricks on boyfriends, swapping high school classes, and generally perplexing people. Katharine K. Zarrella, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Spade's New Creative Director Opens Up About Honoring the Late Designer's Legacy," 30 Jan. 2019 After all, who wouldn't relish a chance to unearth a plethora of pint-sized goodies? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "16 Small But Mighty Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Fanatic," 12 Dec. 2018 An accomplished golfer who shot his age on numerous occasions, Frank relished the endless pursuit of the perfect swing and golf with his pals. courant.com, "Frank D. Vasington," 29 June 2018 On the other hand, Kidd relished playing in the Alamodome. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Jalen Brunson’s hero Steve Nash named to Basketball Hall of Fame," 31 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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