American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Appetizing to the taste or smell: a savory stew.
- adj. Piquant, pungent, or salty to the taste; not sweet.
- adj. Morally respectable; inoffensive: a past that was scarcely savory.
- n. A dish of pungent taste, such as anchovies on toast or pickled fruit, sometimes served in Great Britain as an hors d'oeuvre or instead of a sweet dessert.
- n. An annual Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, having flowers with a pale lavender to white corolla. Also called summer savory.
- n. A related Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja montana) having flowers in a long, white or pink corolla. Also called winter savory.
- n. The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Micromeria in the mint family.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a flavor.
- Having savor or relish; pleasing to the organs of taste or smell (especially the former); appetizing; palatable; hence, agreeable in general: as, savory dishes; a savory odor.
- Morally pleasing; morally or religiously edifying.
- In good repute; honored; respected.
- n. A plant of the genus Satureia, chiefly S. hortensis, the summer savory, and S. montana, the winter savory, both natives of southern Europe. They are low, homely, aromatic herbs, cultivated in gardens for seasoning in cookery. S. Thymbra of the Mediterranean region is a small evergreen bush, with nearly the flavor of thyme.
- n. In cookery, a small, highly seasoned entrée, such as a cheese fondant, a tiny salt herring with red pepper, on toast, or deviled eggs: served at the end of a dinner.
- adj. Tasty, attractive to the palate.
- adj. Salty or non-sweet.
- adj. Not overly sweet.
- adj. figuratively Morally or ethically acceptable.
- n. A savory snack
- n. Any of several Mediterranean herbs, of the genus Satureja, grown as culinary flavourings
- n. The leaves of these plants used as a flavouring
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pleasing to the organs of taste or smell.
- n. (Bot.) An aromatic labiate plant (Satureia hortensis), much used in cooking; -- also called
- adj. morally wholesome or acceptable
- n. any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees
- n. dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions
- adj. pleasing to the sense of taste
- n. an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
- n. either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family
- adj. having an agreeably pungent taste
- From the Old French savoure, from savourer, from Latin saporare, from sapor (Wiktionary)
- Middle English savure, from Old French savoure, past participle of savourer, to taste, from Late Latin sapōrāre, from Latin sapor, flavor; see savor.Middle English saverey, alteration of Old French sarree, alteration of Latin saturēia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sweet paired with the savory is what made it so good!”
“The pasta sounds really delicious (I love corn in savory applications) – I love me some ham but I think bacon is even better”
“And Moroccan is bad if you hate that particular combination of spices they use plus fruit in savory food.”
“Typically simple but savory is the pan-seared boneless chicken breast with lemon and chive sauce: It can be quickly prepared, sauce and all, in a single skillet.”
“Already dismembered, from the cracked legs the white meat sent forth a small looked down in savory steam.”
“Pie aside, this rich-tasting crust also has a lot of possibilities for other applications in savory pies and quiches.”
“The almond is found in savory dishes such as almond soup, almond mole and picadillo, and in desserts like almond flan, cookies, and even almond rompope, a traditional Christmas beverage.”
“My mind started racing with possibilities for using petimezi in savory foods.”
“I love the sweetness of dried fruit in savory meat dishes, and capers are an olive-phobe's friend, since they provide a similar briny touch in a much smaller package.”
“One of my favorite things about apples is how great they taste in savory dishes, as well as sweet baked goods.”
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