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 Blue Bloods star says his relishes quiet moments with his wife, Jillie, on their ranch in Ventura, California. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Tom Selleck Explains Why He Left Hollywood for Ranch Life with His Family: 'They Keep Me Sane'," 26 Apr. 2020 Everglow relish in the same joys and deal with many of the same gripes as other twentysomething on-the-go women — from fighting jet lag and homesickness to gushing about skincare and their favorite shows. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Spill It: Everglow Show Us Their On-The-Go Essentials," 3 Apr. 2020 The ritual, performed with relish by some and awkwardness by others, does more than teach by example. John King, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s official coronavirus briefings have a set of rituals all their own," 17 Apr. 2020 The relish may be one of the more complicated nam phrik recipes, but the results are so worth the effort. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "Nam Phriks: The Spicy Thai Condiments You’ll Want to Put on Everything," 4 Apr. 2019 There is the older white, liberal couple who twitter on about sugar being poison and climate change killing animals because the polar ice caps are melting, only to turn around and ruthlessly murder three of their fellow humans with relish. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Can You Handle Betty Gilpin’s Bloody, Controversial New Movie The Hunt?," 16 Mar. 2020 Find recipes like spicy green tomato and peach relish, pickled shrimp, and slow-roasted black grouper with ham in this classic cookbook. Sarah Cook, al, "Birmingham magazine culture picks for March," 13 Mar. 2020 McClure's also makes a relish, sauerkraut and a Bloody Mary mix. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's own McClure's Pickles gets quick scene in Oscar-nominated 'Marriage Story'," 6 Feb. 2020 All the components are here (mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, celery salt and hot peppers), but they are streamlined to fit snugly on the excellent poppy seed crusted bun. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Time Out Market guide: Here’s everything you should try at Chicago’s newest food hall," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hayslett relishes devising unique solutions for her clients, and working closely with the construction team to do so. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Linda Hayslett Never Thought She'd Be a Designer," 30 Dec. 2019 The captain will have the chance to renew his battle with Diego Costa and will very much be relishing it. SI.com, "Real Madrid: The XI That Should Start Against Atletico Madrid," 27 Sep. 2019 In Denmark, elementary schoolteachers readied classrooms so young children could return to school on Wednesday, while in the Czech Republic, a restless public relished the reopening of sports centers and some shops. New York Times, "Some European Nations Ease Pandemic Rules, but Move Warily," 14 Apr. 2020 Use it to guide efficient shopping or relish in your contra-zeitgeist comforts. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "What are the best groceries to buy for the coronavirus shutdown? Help us find out.," 10 Apr. 2020 Fans cheered and relished in the wistful celebration, and then begged Aventura to unite one more time as the stage faded to blackness. Julyssa Lopez, Washington Post, "Aventura hits the nostalgia sweet spot on reunion tour," 4 Mar. 2020 It was all done un-self-consciously, as Harry relished in the crowd sing-a-longs and threw water on the fans. P. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Performed One Direction Songs, “Fine Line” at Secret Session," 29 Feb. 2020 Wherever Pope’s career takes him, his former Kentucky teammates will continue to relish in his success. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Former Kentucky basketball teammates not surprised by Mark Pope's BYU success," 27 Feb. 2020 But one lucky lottery winner from New Jersey may be able to relish all that money in secret — thanks to a new law that went into effect just last month. Alicia Lee, CNN, "The world may never know who won a $202 million lottery jackpot. That's probably a good thing," 14 Feb. 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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Time Traveler for relish

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The first known use of relish was in 1530

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Last Updated

19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relish. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for relish

relish

noun
How to pronounce relish (audio)

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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