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savory

adjective sa·vory \ ˈsā-və-rē , ˈsāv-rē \
variants: or chiefly British savoury

Definition of savory

: having savor: such as
a : piquantly pleasant to the mind
  • a savory triumph
b : morally exemplary : edifying
  • … scandals don't make very savory reading.
  • —Green Peyton
c : pleasing to the sense of taste especially by reason of effective seasoning
d : having a spicy or salty quality without sweetness
  • an assortment of both sweet and savory appetizers

savorily

play \ˈsā-və-rə-lē\ adverb

savoriness

play \ˈsā-və-rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of savory in a Sentence

  1. They prepared an assortment of both sweet and savory foods.

  2. cedar is one of the most savory of all woods

First Known Use of savory

13th century

in the meaning defined above

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savory Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of savory

palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable.
    • butterflies that birds find palatable
appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste.
    • appetizing hors d'oeuvres
savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness.
    • dumplings with savory fillings
tasty implies a pronounced taste.
    • a tart and tasty pie
toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness.
    • an enticing array of toothsome desserts

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savory

noun
variants: or chiefly British savoury

Definition of savory

plural savories or chiefly British savouries
: a small serving of food that is spicy or salty but not sweet
  • Those tempted toward savories can nibble on smoked-salmon or lobster-rémoulade tea sandwiches.
  • —Andy Birsh

First Known Use of savory

1661

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savory

noun sa·vo·ry \ ˈsā-və-rē , ˈsāv-rē \

Definition of savory

plural savories
: either of two aromatic mints:

Origin and Etymology of savory

Middle English saverey

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SAVORY Defined for English Language Learners

savory

Definition of savory for English Language Learners

  • : having a pleasant taste or smell

  • : having a spicy or salty quality without being sweet

  • : morally good


SAVORY Defined for Kids

savory

adjective sa·vo·ry \ ˈsā-və-rē \

Definition of savory for Students

: pleasing to the taste or smell
  • savory sausages


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