adjective, sa·vour·i·er, sa·vour·i·est, noun, plural sa·vour·ies.

  1. savory1.

adjective, sa·vor·i·er, sa·vor·i·est.

  1. pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
  2. piquant: a savory jelly.
  3. pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.

noun, plural sa·vor·ies.

  1. British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.


  1. attractive to the sense of taste or smell
  2. salty or spicy; not sweeta savoury dish
  3. pleasant
  4. respectable

noun plural -vouries

  1. a savoury dish served as an hors d’oeuvre or dessert

noun plural -vories

  1. any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  2. the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb

chiefly British English spelling of savory; also see -or. adj.“pleasing in taste or smell,” c.1200, from Old French savore “tasty, flavorsome” (Modern French savouré), past participle of savourer “to taste” (see savor (n.)). n.aromatic mint, late 14c., perhaps an alteration of Old English sæþerie, which is ultimately from Latin satureia “savory (n.),” a foreign word in Latin. But early history of the word suggests transmission via Old French savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably was altered by influence of the Middle English or Old French form of savory (adj.).

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