What does savour mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word savour.

Princeton's WordNet

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

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

  2. taste, savor, savourverb

    have flavor; taste of something

  3. savor, savourverb

    give taste to

  4. savor, savourverb

    taste appreciatively

    "savor the soup"

  5. 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. savournoun

    the specific taste or smell of something.

  2. savournoun

    a distinctive sensation

  3. savourverb

    to possess a particular taste or smell, or a distinctive quality

  4. savourverb

    to appreciate, enjoy or relish something

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Savournoun

    Etymology: saveur, French.

    What savour is better, if physick be true,
    For places infected, than wormwood and rue? Thomas Tusser.

    Benzo calls its smell a tartarous and hellish savour. George Abbot.

    Turn then my freshest reputation to
    A savour that may strike the dullest nostril? William Shakespeare.

    I smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things. William Shakespeare.

    That Jews stink naturally, that is, that there is in their race an evil savour, is a received opinion we know not how to admit. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Truffles, which have an excellent oil, and a volatile salt of a grateful savour, are heating. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    I taste
    The savour of death from all things. John Milton.

    A directer influence from the sun gives fruit a better savour and a greater worth. South.

  2. To Savourverb

    Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile;
    Filths savour but themselves. William Shakespeare.

    Thou savourest not the things that be of God. Gospel.

    That savours only of rancour and pride. John Milton.

  3. To Savourverb

    Etymology: savourer, Fr. from the noun.

    This ripping of ancestors is very pleasing, and savoureth of good conceit and some reading. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    The duke’s answers to his appeachments are very diligently and civilly couched; and though his heart was big, yet they all savour of an humble spirit. Henry Wotton.

    If ’twere a secret that concern’d my life,
    This boldness might become thee;
    But such unnecessary rudeness savours
    Of some design. John Denham, Sophy.

    I have rejected every thing that savours of party. Addison.


  1. savour

    Savour generally refers to the act of fully enjoying or appreciating something, often in relation to taste or smell. It can be about taking the time to fully experience and delight in a particular taste, flavour, smell, or an enjoyable event or moment. It also can refer to a specific taste, flavour or smell of something.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Savour

    Savor, sā′vur, n. taste: odour: scent: (B.) reputation: characteristic property: pleasure.—v.i. to have a particular taste or smell: to be like: to smack.—v.t. to smell: to relish: to season.—adv. Sā′vourily.—n. Sā′vouriness.—adjs. Sā′vourless, wanting savour; Sā′vourly, well seasoned: of good taste; Sā′voury, having savour or relish: pleasant: with gusto: morally pleasant. [Fr. saveur—L. saporsapĕre, to taste.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of savour in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of savour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of savour in a Sentence

  1. Massimo Gismondi:

    People are craving for leisure, for returning to savour life and spending.

  2. Sanskrit Proverb:

    As far and wide the vernal breeze Sweet odours waft from blooming trees, So, too, the grateful savour spreads To distant lands of virtuous deeds.

  3. Bishop Nektarios:

    This pandemic might be an opportunity for us all to start anew, to come even closer to God and to others, (and be) people able to live and savour the beauty of life offered by Christ.

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