What does savory mean?

Definitions for savory
ˈseɪ və risa·vo·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. savorynoun

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

  2. savory, Micromeria juliananoun

    dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions

  3. savory, savourynoun

    either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family

  4. savory, savouryadjective

    an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre

  5. savory, savouryadjective

    morally wholesome or acceptable

    "a past that was scarcely savory"

  6. piquant, savory, savoury, spicy, zestyadjective

    having an agreeably pungent taste

  7. mouth-watering, savory, savouryadjective

    pleasing to the sense of taste

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Savorynoun

    A plant.

    Etymology: savorée, French; satureia, Latin.

    It is of the verticillate kind, with a labiated flower, whose upper lip or crest is divided into two parts; but the lower lip or beard is divided into three parts, the middle part being crenated: these flowers are produced from the wings of the leaves in a loose order, and not in whorles or spikes, as are most of this tribe of plants. Philip Miller.


  1. Savory

    Savory (released as "Savory + 3") is the first single released by Jawbox from their 1994 major label debut, For Your Own Special Sweetheart. The song is a description of the female body, according to Allmusic, but in a very cryptic form. The three other songs from the single were later included as bonus tracks for the 2009 reissue of For Your Own Special Sweetheart.


  1. savory

    Savory refers to food that is salty or spicy rather than sweet, often rich or pleasing in flavor. It can also refer to a category of aromatic plants, particularly those used in cooking to enhance or improve flavor. In a broader context, savory can describe something that is morally wholesome or acceptable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Savoryadjective

    pleasing to the organs of taste or smell

  2. Savorynoun

    an aromatic labiate plant (Satureia hortensis), much used in cooking; -- also called summer savory

  3. Etymology: [From Savor.]


  1. Savory

    Satureja is a genus of aromatic plants of the family Lamiaceae, related to rosemary and thyme. There are about 30 species called savories, of which summer savory and winter savory are the most important in cultivation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Savory

    sā′vor-i, n. a genus of plants of the natural order Labiatæ, nearly allied to thyme. The Common Savory gives an aromatic pungent flavour to viands. [Savour.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Savory is ranked #26008 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Savory surname appeared 943 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Savory.

    66.8% or 630 total occurrences were White.
    19.1% or 181 total occurrences were Black.
    6.3% or 60 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3% or 29 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of savory in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of savory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of savory in a Sentence

  1. Francesco Agopyan:

    It has the typical sweetness of a crab, combined with a sapid, savory flavor due to the saltiness of the lagoon waters, it is a very popular dish, especially among Venetians but also by others. It's a special dish.

  2. The Journal:

    So apparently we did for close NATO allies, but we apparently made just a few exceptions and one of them is the leader of Turkey, Erdogan - not exactly a savory character. The other one was a close ally of democracy an elected leader, Netanyahu.

  3. Toyo Koda:

    It's incredibly versatile and can be used across savory and sweet dishes.

  4. Michael Inouye:

    These have usually been associated with cryptocurrencies where the celebrity will hype it up and then when people invest in it they in turn around and sell their currency at a profit, this speaks to the less savory side of all of NFT-blockchain-crypto, which is at least in part driven by hype and speculation.

  5. My Nguyen:

    Custard toast is a complete meal with complex carbs if you choose a whole grain bread, protein and fat from the Greek yogurt and eggs and micronutrients and antioxidants from the berries, the drizzle of maple syrup or agave slightly sweetens it up so you have all the pleasure points of sweet and savory.

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