Definition of relish in English:


Line breaks: rel¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛlɪʃ


  • 2A piquant sauce or pickle eaten with plain food to add flavour: use salsa as a relish with grilled meat or fish
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    • Being highly concentrated, Worcester sauce is employed mostly as a condiment or an ingredient rather than as a relish like the brown sauce which it superficially resembles.
    • Current retail product categories include dried spice, dipping sauces, chutneys and relishes, and seasoning for white and red meats.
    • Look for stuffed olives, relishes, pickled garlic, or flavored mustards.
    condiment, accompaniment, sauce, dressing, flavouring, seasoning, dip
  • 3 archaic An appetizing flavour: the tired glutton finds no relish in the sweetest meat
  • 3.1A distinctive taste or tinge: the relish of wine


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  • 2 archaic Make pleasant to the taste; add relish to: I have also a novel to relish my wine



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  • To have outlived his boss must have been particularly relishable.
  • Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls.
  • The simple but relishable meal over, the morning was spent in talking, walking, and in reading.


Middle English: alteration of obsolete reles, from Old French reles 'remainder', from relaisser 'to release'. The early noun sense was 'odour, taste' giving rise to 'appetizing flavour, piquant taste' (mid 17th century), and hence sense 2 of the noun (late 18th century).

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