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Etymology 1[edit]

From the Old French savoure, from savourer, from Late Latin sapōrāre, present active infinitive of sapōrō, from Latin sapor ‎(taste, flavor), from sapiō, sapere ‎(taste of, have a flavor of).


savory ‎(comparative savorier, superlative savoriest) (American)

  1. Tasty, attractive to the palate.
    The fine restaurant presented an array of savory dishes; each was delicious.
  2. Salty or non-sweet.
    The mushrooms, meat, bread, rice, peanuts and potatoes were all good savory foods.
  3. Not overly sweet.
    The savory duck contrasted well with the sweet sauce.
  4. (figuratively) Morally or ethically acceptable.
    Readers are to be warned that quotations in this chapter contain some not so savory language.


savory ‎(plural savories)

  1. (American) A savory snack.
    • 2007 April 18, Florence Fabricant, “Off the Menu”, in New York Times[1]:
      P*ONG On Friday the pastry chef Pichet Ong will open his own cafe, with sweets and savories served at tables and a counter.

Etymology 2[edit]

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Wikispecies Possibly from Old English saetherie, from Latin satureia, influenced by or via Old French savereie


savory ‎(plural savories)

  1. Any of several Mediterranean herbs, of the genus Satureja, grown as culinary flavourings.
  2. The leaves of these plants used as a flavouring.
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