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savory (tasty)

Definition:

having an agreeably pungent taste

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

savoriness

Comparative:

savorier

Superlative:

savoriest

Similar to:

tasty

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

piquant | savoury [British/Canadian spelling] | spicey | spicy | zesty

Etymology:

[adjective] "pleasing in taste or smell", from Old French savoure (French...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of savory...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

zesty | zest | piquancy [synonym, sense-specific] | zestful [adjective, derived]

piquant and flavoursome | enthusiastic and ebullient | charming and interesting | invigorating or keen excitement or enjoyment | added interest, ... (17 of 377 words, 8 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/zesty

Wikipedia:

Zest [disambiguation]

may refer to: Zest (ingredient), the outer peel of a citrus fruit Zester, tool for preparing zest | Twist (cocktail garnish), a piece of zest | Zest (brand), a High Ridge Brands trademark | Honda Zest, a car released in 2006 | Zest (brand) a public ... (42 of 165 words, 11 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Zest

Oxford Dictionary:

zest | zestier [comparative] | zestiest [superlative] | zestful [derived] | zestfully [derived] | zestfulness [derived] | zesty [derived]

great enthusiasm and energy | a quality of excitement and piquancy | the outer coloured part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavouring | scrape ... (24 of 143 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/zest

Merriam-Webster:

zesty | zestier [comparative] | zestiest [superlative] | pert [synonym] | poignant [synonym] | pungent [synonym] | salty [synonym] | savory [synonym] | piquant [synonym] | ...

having or characterized by zest; appealingly piquant or lively (9 of 137 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/zesty

American Heritage Dictionary:

zest | zested [past tense] | zesting [present participle] | zests [3rd-person singular present] | zestful [adjective, related] | zestfully [adverb, related] | zestfulness [noun, related] | zesty [adjective, related]

Flavor or interest; piquancy. | The outermost part of the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit, used as flavoring. | Spirited enjoyment; ... (23 of 64 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/zest

New World Dictionary:

zest | zestful [adjective, related] | zestfully [adverb, related] | zestfulness [noun, related] | zesty [adjective, related]

a usually thin piece of orange peel or lemon peel used as flavoring | something that gives flavor, relish, or piquancy | stimulating or exciting ... (23 of 60 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/zest

Random House Dictionary:

zesty | zestier [comparative] | zestiest [superlative]

full of zest; piquant. | energetic; active. (6 of 24 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/zesty

Wiktionary:

zesty | zestier [comparative] | zestiest [superlative] | spicy [synonym, sense-specific] | zestful [synonym, sense-specific]

having a piquant or pungent taste; spicy | zestful (8 of 10 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/zesty

Macmillan British Dictionary:

piquant [literary] | piquancy [singular] | piquancies [plural] | piquantly [adverb, related]

food or drink that is piquant has a strong and pleasant flavour | a quality or situation that is piquant is very exciting and interesting (24 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/piquant

Cambridge Dictionary:

piquant [entry 1, slightly formal] | piquancy [noun, slightly formal, derived] | piquantly [adverb, slightly formal, derived]

interesting and exciting, especially because mysterious (6 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/piquant 1

piquant [entry 2] | piquancy [noun, slightly formal, derived] | piquantly [adverb, slightly formal, derived]

having a pleasant sharp or spicy taste (7 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/piquant 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

savory [herb]

aromatic annual herb of the mint family, the dried leaves and flowering tops of which are used to flavour many foods, particularly poultry and ... (24 of 175 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/525836​/savory

Columbia Encyclopedia:

savory

name for any plant of the genus "Satureja", aromatic herbs and subshrubs of the family Labiatae (mint family). Commonly cultivated as border ... (22 of 107 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0843810​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

piquant

having a flavor, taste, or smell that is spicy or salty, often with a slightly tart or bitter edge to it | refreshingly interesting, stimulating, or ... (25 of 76 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726436​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

savory

First use: early 13th century

Origin: [adjective] "pleasing in taste or smell", from Old French savoure (French savoré), past participle of savourer "to taste". | ... (21 of 77 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=savory

American Heritage Dictionary:

savory | savories [plural]

Origin: Middle English savure, from Old French savoure, past ... | Middle English saverey, alteration of Old French sarree, alteration of Latin saturēia. (21 of 35 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/savory

New World Dictionary:

savory | savories [plural] | savorier [comparative] | savoriest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English savouri from Old French savouré, past participle of savourer, to taste from savour, "savor" | Middle ... (17 of 34 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/savory

Collins Dictionary:

savory [United States] | savories [plural] | savouries [plural] | savoury

First use: 14th century | 13th century

Origin: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin | savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/savory

savoury | savouries [plural] | savory [United States]

First use: 13th century

Origin: savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/savoury

Wiktionary:

savory | savories [plural]

Origin: the Old French savoure, from savourer, from Latin saporare, from sapor

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/savory

Oxford Dictionary:

savory [entry 1]

Origin: Middle English: perhaps from Old English sætherie, or via Old French, from Latin satureia

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/savory

savory [entry 2] | savories [plural] | savoury [British]

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "pleasing to the sense of taste or smell"): from Old French savoure "tasty, fragrant", based on Latin sapor "taste"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/savory--2

Merriam-Webster:

savory [entry 3, noun] | savories [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English saverey

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/savory show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

savory [entry 1]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French sarree from Latin satureia

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701620​/definition​.html  [offline]

savory [entry 2] | savories [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French savoure, past participle of savourer "taste" from Latin sapor

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701618​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

savory | savories [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "savory"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/savory

Macmillan American Dictionary:

savory

Audio: North American pronunciation of "savory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/savory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

savory

Audio: British English pronunciation of "savory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/savory

savoury

Audio: British English pronunciation of "savoury"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/savoury

savoury [countable, plural, noun] | savouries [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "savoury"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/savoury 9

the Free Dictionary:

savory

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "savory"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "savory"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/savory

savoury

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "savoury"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "savoury"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "savoury" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/savoury

Google Dictionary:

savory | savouries [plural] | savories [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "savory"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=savory

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

savory

Audio: North American pronunciation of "savory"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=savory​04 word=savory

savoury

Audio: North American pronunciation of "savoury"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=savory​01 word=savoury

YourDictionary Audio:

savory

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "savory" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/savory

freedictionary.org:

savory

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "savory" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=savory

Collins Dictionary:

savoury | savouries [plural] | savory [United States]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "savoury"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/savoury

Cambridge Dictionary:

savoury [British]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "savoury"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "savoury"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/savoury

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