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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tasty, attractive to the palate.
  • adj. Salty or non-sweet.
  • adj. Not overly sweet.
  • adj. 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pleasing to the organs of taste or smell.
  • n. An aromatic labiate plant (Satureia hortensis), much used in cooking; -- also called summer savory.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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)
From the Old French savoure, from savourer, from Latin saporare, from sapor (Wiktionary)



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  • In Slovene, šetraj. My boyfriend discovered this herb growing wild on the island of Brač.

    July 18, 2010