What does relish mean?

Definitions for relish
ˈrɛl ɪʃrel·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gusto, relish, zest, zestfulnessnoun

    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment

  2. relishnoun

    spicy or savory condiment

  3. relish, flavor, flavour, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, nip, tangverb

    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

  4. enjoy, bask, relish, savor, savourverb

    derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in

    "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"


  1. relishnoun

    A pleasing taste; flavor that gratifies the palate; hence, enjoyable quality; power of pleasing.

  2. relishnoun

    Savor; quality; characteristic tinge.

  3. relishnoun

    A taste for; liking; appetite; fondness.

  4. relishnoun

    That which is used to impart a flavor; specifically, something taken with food to render it more palatable or to stimulate the appetite; a condiment.

  5. relishnoun

    A cooked or pickled sauce, usually made with vegetables or fruits, generally used as a condiment.

  6. relishnoun

    In a wooden frame, the projection or shoulder at the side of, or around, a tenon, on a tenoned piece.

  7. relishverb

    To taste; to have a specified taste or flavour.

  8. relishverb

    To give a relish to; to cause to taste agreeable, to make appetizing.

  9. relishverb

    To taste or eat with pleasure, to like the flavor of; to take great pleasure in.

  10. Etymology: Variant of relese, with assimilation to -ish.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RELISHnoun

    Etymology: from relecher, Fr. to lick again. John Minsheu Stephen Skinner

    Under sharp, sweet and sour, are abundance of immediate peculiar relishes or tastes, which experienced palates can easily discern. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    These two bodies, whose vapours are so pungent, spring from saltpetre, which betrays upon the tongue no heat nor corrosiveness, but coldness mixed with a somewhat languid relish retaining to bitterness. Boyle.

    Much pleasure we have lost, while we abstain’d
    From this delightful fruit, nor known till now
    True relish, tasting. John Milton.

    Could we suppose their relishes as different there as here, yet the manna in heaven suits every palate. John Locke.

    Sweet, bitter, sour, harsh and salt are all the epithets we have to denominate that numberless variety of relishes to be found distinct in the different parts of the same plant. John Locke.

    The king becoming graces;
    As justice, verity, temp’rance, stableness,
    Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude;
    I have no relish of them. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    We have such a relish for faction, as to have lost that of wit. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Good men after death are distributed among these several islands with pleasures of different kinds, suitable to the relishes and perfections of those settled in them. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    A man, who has any relish for fine writing, discovers new beauties, or receives stronger impressions from the masterly strokes of a great author every time he peruses him. Addison.

    Some hidden seeds of goodness and knowledge give him a relish of such reflections, as improve the mind, and make the heart better. Joseph Addison, Spectator, № 262.

    The pleasure of the proprietor, to whom things become familiar, depends, in a great measure, upon the relish of the spectator. Jeremiah Seed, Sermons.

    Expectation whirls me round;
    Th’ imaginary relish is so sweet,
    That it enchants my sense. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    When liberty is gone,
    Life grows insipid, and has lost its relish. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    It preserves some relish of old writing. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Relishverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    On smoaking lard they dine;
    A sav’ry bit that serv’d to relish wine. Dryden.

    I love the people;
    Though it do well, I do not relish well
    Their loud applause. William Shakespeare.

    How will dissenting brethren relish it?
    What will malignants say? Hudibras, p. i.

    Men of nice palates would not relish Aristotle, as drest up by the schoolmen. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    He knows how to prize his advantages, and relish the honours which he enjoys. Francis Atterbury.

  3. To Relishverb

    The ivory feet of tables were carved into the shape of lions, without which, their greatest dainties would not relish to their palates. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not have relished among my other discredits. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    A theory, which how much soever it may relish of wit and invention, hath no foundation in nature. John Woodward.


  1. Relish

    A relish is a cooked and pickled product made of chopped vegetables, fruits or herbs and is a food item typically used as a condiment to enhance a staple. Examples are chutneys and the North American relish, a pickled cucumber jam eaten with hot dogs or hamburgers. In North America, the word "relish" is frequently used to describe a single variety of finely-chopped pickled cucumber relish, such as pickle, dill and sweet relishes. Relish generally consists of discernible vegetable or fruit pieces in a sauce, although the sauce is subordinate in character to the vegetable or fruit pieces. Herbs may also be used, and some relishes, such as chermoula, are prepared entirely using herbs and spices. Relish can consist of a single type or a combination of vegetables and fruit, which may be coarsely or finely chopped; its texture will vary depending on the slicing style used for these solid ingredients, but generally a relish is not as smooth as a sauce-type condiment such as ketchup. Relish typically has a strong flavor that complements or adds to the primary food item with which it is served.


  1. relish

    Relish is a type of condiment or side dish often made from finely chopped fruits or vegetables that are cooked or pickled and seasoned. It is typically used to enhance the flavor of food, like hot dogs, hamburgers, or other dishes. It can also refer to taking great pleasure or delight in something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relishverb

    to taste or eat with pleasure; to like the flavor of; to partake of with gratification; hence, to enjoy; to be pleased with or gratified by; to experience pleasure from; as, to relish food

  2. Relishverb

    to give a relish to; to cause to taste agreeably

  3. Relishverb

    to have a pleasing or appetizing taste; to give gratification; to have a flavor

  4. Relishnoun

    a pleasing taste; flavor that gratifies the palate; hence, enjoyable quality; power of pleasing

  5. Relishnoun

    savor; quality; characteristic tinge

  6. Relishnoun

    a taste for; liking; appetite; fondness

  7. Relishnoun

    that which is used to impart a flavor; specifically, something taken with food to render it more palatable or to stimulate the appetite; a condiment

  8. Relishnoun

    the projection or shoulder at the side of, or around, a tenon, on a tenoned piece

  9. Etymology: [Of. relechier to lick or taste anew; pref. re- re- + lechier to lick, F. lcher. See Lecher, Lick.]


  1. Relish

    A relish is a cooked, pickled, or chopped vegetable or fruit food item typically used as a condiment in particular to enhance a staple. It originated in India and has since become popular throughout the world. Examples are jams, chutneys, and the North American "relish," a pickled cucumber jam eaten with hot dogs or hamburgers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relish

    rel′ish, v.t. to like the taste of: to be pleased with: to enjoy.—v.i. to have an agreeable taste: to give pleasure.—n. an agreeable peculiar taste or quality: enjoyable quality: power of pleasing: inclination or taste for: appetite: just enough to give a flavour: a sauce.—adj. Rel′ishable. [O. Fr. relecher, to lick again, from re-, again, lecher—L. re-, again, and Old High Ger. lechōn, lick.]

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  1. hirsle

  2. hirsel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relish in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of relish in a Sentence


    As long as you're Unaware, you lead a miserable life. The moment you're aware of all that is happening around you, You have arrived Home; it is only then that you relish what life brings in; but if you're unaware, even the greatest moments bring despair.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    she said i want you to meet him you'll like him really yeah i thought like car crash broken glass rusty razored underwear barbed wire cheer acid fear like walking down normandie naked nightly like tiger claws 'n earthquake falls i'll really relish meeting 'm.

  3. Benjamin Haydon:

    The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.

  4. Robert Southey:

    Would you who judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasure, take this rule; whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short; whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that is sin to you; however innocent it may be in itself.

  5. Edward Hoagland:

    Many divorces are not really the result of irreparable injury but involve, instead, a desire on the part of the man or woman to shatter the setup, start out from scratch alone, and make life work for them all over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and, coming up, to breathe the air with relief and relish again.

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