savory

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

Definition of savory 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

savory

noun (1)
variants: or chiefly British savoury
plural savories or chiefly British savouries

Definition of savory (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

savory

noun (2)
sa·vo·ry | \ ˈsā-və-rē , ˈsāv-rē \
plural savories

Definition of savory (Entry 3 of 3)

: either of two aromatic mints:

a : summer savory

b : winter savory

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Other words from savory

Adjective

savorily \ˈsā-və-rə-lē \ adverb
savoriness \ˈsā-və-rē-nəs \ noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of savory in a Sentence

Adjective

They prepared an assortment of both sweet and savory foods. cedar is one of the most savory of all woods

First Known Use of savory

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1661, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for savory

Noun (2)

Middle English saverey

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savorsome

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Savoy

Savoy Alps

Savoyard

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The first known use of savory was in the 13th century

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savory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of savory

: having a pleasant taste or smell

: having a spicy or salty quality without being sweet

: morally good

savory

adjective
sa·vo·ry | \ ˈsā-və-rē \

Kids Definition of savory

: pleasing to the taste or smell savory sausages

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