from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A plant of the genus Satureia, chiefly S. hortensis, the summer savory, and S. montana, the winter savory, both natives of southern Europe.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Tasty, attractive to the palate.
  • adjective Salty or non-sweet.
  • adjective Not overly sweet.
  • adjective figuratively Morally or ethically acceptable.
  • noun A savory snack
  • noun Any of several Mediterranean herbs, of the genus Satureja, grown as culinary flavourings
  • noun The leaves of these plants used as a flavouring

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

  • adjective morally wholesome or acceptable
  • noun any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees
  • noun dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions
  • adjective pleasing to the sense of taste
  • noun an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
  • noun either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family
  • adjective having an agreeably pungent taste


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Old French savoure, from savourer, from Latin saporare, from sapor


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

    July 18, 2010