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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Verb

relishable \ ˈre-​li-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce relish (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 There’s a proper Chicago dog ($4.95), of course, with that ubiquitous Vienna all-beef frank, luminous green relish, tangy little sport peppers, onions, tomatoes, mustard and a pickle spear on a poppyseed bun. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "5 places for great hot dogs in San Antonio: RockerDogz, Bandit BBQ, The Dogfather, JK's Chicago Hot Dogs and The Shack," 29 Apr. 2021 The hot dogs are served on steamed poppy seed buns and topped with mustard, bright green relish, onions, tomato slices, a pickle spear, two sport peppers, and a sprinkling of celery salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Portillo's about to open first Michigan location in Sterling Heights," 15 Mar. 2021 The contestant's clue package provided more insight in the form of a hot dog with relish, a chameleon, cowboy hat and broom. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "‘The Masked Singer’ premiere recap: The show’s ‘most famous guest ever’ is first contestant cut," 11 Mar. 2021 There's also a cat named The Cat, voiced by Kate Mulgrew with amoral relish. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Infinity Train is your next great discovery: Review," 16 Apr. 2021 Layers of deli meats with a spicy olive relish on a crusty round loaf. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Soup and a sandwich, the classic combo, becomes so much more with a warming hit of spice," 15 Feb. 2021 The picture alongside this revelation shows Bean suspended in a sling from a tree limb, a chain saw in her hand and a look of mad relish on her face. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Remembering Beverly Cleary," 2 Apr. 2021 Fold in mayo, pickles, pickle juice, relish and mustards. Dallas News, "Cane Rosso chef offers a tangy, spicy recipe for Easter leftovers," 2 Apr. 2021 But these criticisms are unusually half-hearted, especially when compared to the relish with which Republicans have been tossing out one-liners about children’s toys and books. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Republicans Aren’t Even Trying to Fight the Democrats’ Covid Relief Bill," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Likelihood of drafting a tight end: Head coach Kyle Shanahan would relish the chance to have two tight-end formations featuring Kittle and another player with a strong blocking and pass-catching ability. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Could 49ers find a tight end complement to George Kittle in the draft?," 24 Apr. 2021 Still, few people relish the idea of having to cut back sharply on their spending in retirement or eking out an existence on $1,543 a month (the current average Social Security check). cleveland, "Will I run out of money in retirement?," 11 Apr. 2021 In the pandemic, Asian Americans relish the cozy family ritual of hot pot. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Counting down to reopening," 10 Apr. 2021 Rich people routinely get away with underpaying their taxes because the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, doesn’t relish dedicating its ever-declining resources to multi-year court battles with the nation’s cleverest tax attorneys. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "How the Top 0.01 Percent Became America’s Criminal Class," 24 Mar. 2021 Republicans, who have been badly divided by the push to impeach Trump and do not relish a detailed discussion of his role in provoking the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, have their own reasons for wanting the trial over with quickly. Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump lawyer asks to pause impeachment trial if it runs into Sabbath," 6 Feb. 2021 Does Bill Belichick not relish the rebuilding job ahead in New England now that the Patriots are also-rans with Tom Brady in Tampa? Barry Wilner, ajc, "On Football: NFL coaching carousel about to start spinning," 26 Dec. 2020 Even while Hollywood is trying to reverse its mistake, the pop culture has become dangerously close to a monoculture, one where adults and kids relish the same big-scale action fantasy properties. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Review: Marvel’s ‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’ Gets Off To A High-Flying Start," 18 Mar. 2021 So if a role reversal opportunity arises, relish it. Christine Koh, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents can care about education and still be OK writing this school year off," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Relish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relish. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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