There are 2 definitions of savory in English:


Syllabification: sa·vor·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsāv(ə)rē


An aromatic plant of the mint family, used as a culinary herb.
  • Genus Satureja, family Labiatae: several species, in particular the annual summer savory (S. hortensis) and the coarser flavored perennial winter savory (S. montana)
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  • Harvest culinary and medicinal herbs like lemon balm, mint, French tarragon, summer savory and basil before they go to seed.
  • Together with dill, sorrel and summer savory, parsley was one of the herbs grown in every garden.
  • Certain herbs will also grow well in cooler temperatures including cilantro, winter thyme, winter savory & sage.


Middle English: perhaps from Old English sætherie, or via Old French, from Latin satureia.

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There are 2 definitions of savory in English:


Syllabification: sa·vor·y
Pronunciation: /


1(Of food) belonging to the category that is salty or spicy rather than sweet.
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  • Leanne imagined thin, crispy crust smothered in sweet yet savory tomato sauce, warm cheese, pepperoni, and succulent mushrooms.
  • Maple syrup is no longer relegated to its standard role of sweetening pancakes and waffles; this versatile ingredient adds flavor to both sweet and savory dishes alike.
  • In general, most of the salt we consume is not added during cooking or at the table, but comes from processed foods such as bread, cheese, savoury snacks, breakfast cereals and ready-meals.
salty, spicy, piquant, tangy
2 [usually with negative] Morally wholesome or acceptable: everyone knew it was a front for less savory operations
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  • I don't, frankly, think the Royal Family did look on them as particularly pleasant or savory people.
  • But the task was becoming a less savory one, the world was annoying him at every turn.
  • The most savoury of the paintings (if I can use that word without coming across as prudish) are a series of nudes done from life in South Africa.
acceptable, pleasant, respectable, wholesome, honorable, proper, seemly

noun (plural savories)

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A savory dish, especially a snack or an appetizer.
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  • Teas will be served during the afternoon and the organisers will welcome donations of food, cakes, and savouries.
  • It is a hot, sweet and sour delight that you can make time and again for use with fish and chicken dishes, or as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, poppadoms and savouries.
  • Warnings about consuming too much sugar get pushed to the back of the mind during festival time, when everyone is cooking and distributing delicious sweetmeats and savouries.


Middle English (in the sense 'pleasing to the sense of taste or smell'): from Old French savoure 'tasty, fragrant', based on Latin sapor 'taste'.





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  • They were dressed with some overtly sweet vinaigrette (I suspect raspberry) that jarred with the savouriness of the crêpes.
  • The wine is soft, silky and full of ripe fruit flavours like cherry and blackberries but backed by a spicy savouriness.
  • It has an initial fire and savouriness on the palate that may disturb the contemporary palate conditioned to smoothness and sweetness.

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