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

The hot dog is decorated with bright yellow mustard and green relish that blend well with autumn aspen and the evergreen trees on surrounding mountainsides. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 Watch a delighted Aguilera relish in meeting Farmer below. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Christina Aguilera 'Starstruck' After Meeting the Man Behind Disney's Goofy at D23," 24 Aug. 2019 Shrimp and Grits Pick through a heaping pile of shrimp, corn relish featuring Florida vegetables and cheddar cheese grits ($6.75) for a dish that celebrates the Sunshine State at Florida Fresh, a marketplace between the France and Morocco Pavilions. Lauren Delgado,, "11 dishes to try before Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival ends," 22 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Whether at North Avenue, City Hall or the State House, Santelises relishes her role defending the school system to critics. Talia Richman,, "Amid Baltimore's struggles, many see schools CEO Sonja Santelises as stabilizing force," 3 July 2019 The American people have relished watching the US National Women's Team players excel at their sport and stand tall for themselves and for women and girls across this country. CNN, "The gender pay gap will remain until companies change their ways," 17 Sep. 2019 Here, locals and travelers alike relish meals at elegant French and Italian restaurants. Kareena Gianani, National Geographic, "Explore Cambodia’s ancient stone city," 10 Sep. 2019 Barbara truly relished her time with her extensive family and recently enjoyed a ninetieth birthday with many of them spending the special day together., "Barbara Wright Cassie," 28 Aug. 2019 Healthy again, Omar Hicks-Onu relishes being a contributing member of the Beavers’ secondary., "Pac-12 is off to a 0-1 start and thank goodness we avoided breakfast starts: Issues & Answers," 25 Aug. 2019 Some mothers even relish a return to their jobs over the intensive care and time spent with a newborn. SELF, "Actually, Maternity Leave Is Not a Vacation," 20 Aug. 2019 After spending seven seasons as co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, and star on Workaholics, the Pitch Perfect alum is back on the small screen, relishing his role solely as an actor on HBO’s new comedy. Derek Lawrence,, "Adam DeVine hates his Righteous Gemstones character — but loves playing him," 14 Aug. 2019 Today, Leadership ISD, the organization Arvanitis created out of that frustration, is relishing a trio of school board victories for trustees who vow to focus solely on student achievement -- not politics, grandstanding or other silly distractions. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Ads target Cruz, 'anti-gay' lawmakers; D-FW could decide who runs the Texas House; Dallas council member's death," 18 July 2019

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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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