- savoury (British; usually only for etymology 1)
From the Middle English savory, savourie, from Old French savouré, from Old French savourer, from Late Latin sapōrāre, present active infinitive of sapōrō, from Latin sapor (“taste, flavor”), from sapiō, sapere (“taste of, have a flavor of”).
- Tasty, attractive to the palate.
- The fine restaurant presented an array of savory dishes; each was delicious.
- Salty and/or spicy, but not sweet.
- The mushrooms, meat, bread, rice, peanuts and potatoes were all good savory foods.
- The savory duck contrasted well with the sweet sauce.
- (figuratively) Morally or ethically acceptable.
- Readers are to be warned that quotations in this chapter contain some not so savory language.
- See also Thesaurus:delicious
savory (plural savories)
- (American) A savory snack.
- 2007 April 18, Florence Fabricant, “Off the Menu”, in New York Times:
- On Friday the pastry chef Pichet Ong will open his own cafe, with sweets and savories served at tables and a counter.
- Any of several Mediterranean herbs, of the genus Satureja, grown as culinary flavourings.
- The leaves of these plants used as a flavouring.