Savory – definition of savory by The Free Dictionary #savory #dish

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2. Piquant, pungent, or salty to the taste; not sweet.

3. Morally respectable; inoffensive: a past that was scarcely savory.

A dish of pungent taste, such as anchovies on toast or pickled fruit, sometimes served in Great Britain as an hors d’oeuvre or instead of a sweet dessert.

[Middle English savure. from Old French savoure. past participle of savourer. to taste. from Late Latin sap r re. from Latin sapor. flavor ; see savor .]

sa·vor·y 2

1. An annual Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, having pale lavender to white flowers. Also called summer savory .

2. A related Mediterranean aromatic perennial herb (Satureja montana), having white or pink flowers. Also called winter savory .

3. The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.

[Middle English saverey. alteration of Old French sarree. alteration of Latin satur ia .]


1. (Plants) 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. (Plants) the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb

[C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin]

sa vor y 1

( se v ri)

1. pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell.

3. pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.

4.Chiefly Brit. a spicy or aromatic dish served as an appetizer or dessert.

[1175 1225; Middle English savori (with -i -y 1 ), earlier savure Old French savoure, past participle of savourer to savor ]

sa vor y 2

( se v ri)

any aromatic herb of the genus Satureja, of the mint family, esp. S. hortensis (summer savory ) or S. montana (winter savory ), having leaves used in cooking.

[1350 1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie Latin satur ia ]

Thesaurus Antonyms Related Words Synonyms Legend:

savory – any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees

herb. herbaceous plant – a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

Satureia hortensis. Satureja hortensis. summer savory – erect annual herb with oval leaves and pink flowers; used to flavor e.g. meats or soups or salads; southeastern Europe and naturalized elsewhere

Satureia montana. Satureja montana. winter savory – erect perennial subshrub having pink or white flowers and leathery leaves with a flavor of thyme; southern Europe

herb. herbaceous plant – a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

genus Micromeria. Micromeria – large genus of fragrant chiefly Old World herbs

savory – either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family

herb – aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities

summer savoury. summer savory – herb with delicately flavored leaves with many uses

winter savoury. winter savory – resinous leaves used in stews and stuffings and meat loaf

References in classic literature ?

Soon, with a deep sigh, she put aside the savory volume, and inquired of Phoebe whether old Speckle, as she called one of the hens, had laid an egg the preceding day.

In the porkers he saw carved out the future sleek side of bacon, and juicy relishing ham; not a turkey but he beheld daintily trussed up, with its gizzard under its wing, and, peradventure, a necklace of savory sausages; and even bright chanticleer himself lay sprawling on his back, in a side dish, with uplifted claws, as if craving that quarter which his chivalrous spirit disdained to ask while living.

However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.

Dropping his spade, he thrust both hands in, and drew out handfuls of something that looked like ripe Windsor soap, or rich mottled old cheese; very unctuous and savory withal.

Savory morsels of ham, golden blocks of corn-cake, fragments of pie of every conceivable mathematical figure, chicken wings, gizzards, and drumsticks, all appeared in picturesque confusion; and Sam, as monarch of all he surveyed, sat with his palm-leaf cocked rejoicingly to one side, and patronizing Andy at his right hand.

As she handed the first of the savory dishes to her master, the dogs suddenly exhibited a breathless personal interest in the proceedings.

Then while the whole glade was filled with the savory smell of roasting venison and fat capons, and brown pasties warmed beside the blaze, and mulled wine sent forth a cordial fragrance, Robin Hood placed the Sheriff upon a knoll beneath the largest oak and sat himself down by him.

They were hungry, and the smell of the roasted kid was very savory. and your tars are not very ceremonious.

When people’s appetites are keen, they have a very quick scent for anything savory in the wind.

Accordingly, as the sun went down, the little party came to a halt, made a large fire, spitted their buffalo meat on wooden sticks, and, when sufficiently roasted, planted the savory viands before them; cutting off huge slices with their hunting knives, and supping with a hunter’s appetite.

Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.

Joe had cut some of the nicest steaks and the best parts of the tenderloin from the carcass of the antelope, and these were quickly transformed to the most savory of broils.

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