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

Then there is the other side of the ledger, where Trump, with relish, exercises his Presidential power to excuse lawbreaking, often on the recommendation of friends and courtiers. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Witnessing a Federal Execution," 4 Sep. 2019 Wall Street cheered the buybacks, and GE complied with relish, running one of the most value-destroying repurchase programs in the annals of corporate America. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "‘Destruction of Capital’: How GE’s Decade of Stock Buybacks May Come Back to Haunt the Company," 22 Aug. 2019 Also, the tri-color pepper relish, delightfully sweetened with corn syrup, is a must. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "California’s Great America: 5 best things to eat at the park," 19 June 2019 That said, there is a deep dive into ersatz Poedom to enjoy here, as executed by the hugely talented Kevin Webb in the lead role, and the whole shebang is narrated by Jeremy Trager with both relish and musical accomplishment. Chris Jones,, "Black Button's 'Nevermore' has all the Poe darkness you'd expect," 18 Jan. 2018 But the best of those lean into the silly absurdity with joyful relish. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fight scenes are the only bright spot in grim, joyless Wu Assassins," 19 Aug. 2019 Visitors will also find pastries, cheese, pasta, jams and relishes, coffee and more to take home as edible souvenirs. Holly V. Kapherr, USA TODAY, "Delicious eats to savor along Florida’s Paradise Coast," 9 July 2019 For the uninitiated, nam prik is a staple Thai condiment somewhere between a dip and a relish, featuring dried, fried, or fresh chiles. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Go Ahead and Fill Up on This Fiery Cashew Dip," 26 July 2019 Loaded is the other acceptable option: Flo’s relish, green relish, mustard, chopped onions, and celery salt. Kara Baskin,, "Flo’s hot dogs are a vacation in a bun," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keisean Nixon, cornerback, South Carolina: A physical corner who relishes press coverage and is unafraid to tackle. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Which Raiders’ undrafted free agents will make 53-man roster?," 23 Aug. 2019 While a majority of Americans still favor capital punishment, President Donald Trump seems to relish it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 Throughout his life Joe was a devoted family man who relished time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren., "Joseph W. Tedesco Sr.," 16 June 2019 Kenner travels constantly and obviously relishes giving talks, contributing to widely different magazines such as Art & Antiques and Byte, speaking to NPR, and taking potshots at his archenemy, Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 Granted, most buyers wouldn’t relish living near the noisy entrance ramp to a major highway. Ellen James Martin,, "Selling a house that’s on a busy street," 10 July 2019 Makes about 1 cup 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup ketchup 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish2 teaspoons sugar 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar 1 teaspoon pepper Whisk all ingredients together in bowl. Chris Ross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Skillet-cooked turkey burger has West Coast vibe," 16 July 2019 The puffed-out chest and mail delivery service made a special appearance at the 2019 BET Awards, with the South Carolina rapper still relishing one of the year's breakthrough hits. Chris Payne, Billboard, "DaBaby Delivers Hilarious 'Suge' Performance at 2019 BET Awards," 23 June 2019 The League and 5 Star show every sign of relishing the criticism. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy’s New Masters Rattle EU, But Ordinary Italians Say ‘Benissimo’," 17 Nov. 2018

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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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