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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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 Favorite items included cold pizza, tacos, lasagna, meatloaf sandwiches, hot dogs with mustard and relish, pumpkin pie, cold chicken and fried fish, and just about anything left over from the night before. Carol Flynn,, 27 Sep. 2021 Many are embracing it with a relish that didn’t exist pre-pandemic. Jason Wulfsohn, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Toppings include sauerkraut, onions, sweet relish, chopped tomatoes, pickled jalapenos and even cheese sauce and chili. Michelle Matthews |, al, 25 Aug. 2021 Un herself recommends using tuk trey ping poh to coat roasted potatoes, as a spread on fried chicken sandwiches, and even as a relish for a hot dog. Bon Appétit, 24 June 2021 Yia did a grilled snapper with a cucumber relish and all of his beautiful garnishes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Despite the heat warnings and scorching temperatures all over the US, model Hailey Bieber and TikTok star Addison Rae took on the rubbery, sweat-inducing trend with apparent relish this week., 18 Aug. 2021 First, there’s the impeccable hot dog ($3.62), which features a snappy natural-casing Vienna Beef sausage topped with just mustard, relish, onions and sport peppers. Ariel Cheung,, 4 Aug. 2021 Steamed Vienna beef dog, poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, green relish, chopped white onions, two tomato wedges, two sport peppers, one dill pickle spear and a couple dashes of celery salt. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the one hand, Biden's decision not to try to coerce the progressive wing of the party allowed the group to relish a moment of victory that could offer political cover for a compromise. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 Without any one of them, Mr. Biden’s agenda and his party’s fortunes would be in peril, a prospect that Republicans appeared to relish. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Given how many naysayers Netflix battled early on — and still faces today, quite frankly — Sunday’s triumph clearly was a moment to relish for execs and staffers at the streamer. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 As for the extra pressure involved with getting just one at-bat, usually late in a close game, Kapler said players have to relish that opportunity. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Aug. 2021 Manning seemed to relish dissecting the league’s most feared defense, and the defeats tasted particularly bitter for Baltimore fans who’d watched the Colts flee the city 20 years earlier. Childs Walker,, 18 Sep. 2021 All the characters — down to the background players — seemed to relish the costumes. Janet Kinosian, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Cotton, a former Army captain, seemed to relish the opportunity to disrespect a former general., 5 Aug. 2021 The narrator, although supremely competent, does not always relish her job. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 24 July 2021

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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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7 Oct 2021

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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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