liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
pleasurable appreciation of anything; liking: He has no relish for obscene jokes.
something savory or appetizing added to a meal, as pickles or olives.
a sweet pickle made of various vegetables, usually chopped or minced.
an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
a pleasing or appetizing flavor.
a pleasing or enjoyable quality.
a taste or flavor.
a smack, trace, or touch of something.
verb (used with object)
to take pleasure in; like; enjoy: I don't relish the long drive home.
to make pleasing to the taste.
to like the taste of.
verb (used without object)
to have taste or flavor.
to be agreeable.

1520–30; alteration of Middle English reles aftertaste, scent < Old French, variant of relais remainder, that left behind; see release

relishable, adjective
relishingly, adverb
self-relish, noun
unrelishable, adjective
unrelished, adjective
unrelishing, adjective

1, 2. gusto, zest. 2. inclination, partiality, predilection, preference. 3. condiment, appetizer. 6. savor. 8. appreciate.

1, 2. distaste, disfavor. Unabridged
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relish (ˈrɛlɪʃ)
1.  to savour or enjoy (an experience) to the full
2.  to anticipate eagerly; look forward to
3.  to enjoy the taste or flavour of (food, etc); savour
4.  to give appetizing taste or flavour to (food), by or as if by the addition of pickles or spices
5.  liking or enjoyment, as of something eaten or experienced (esp in the phrase with relish)
6.  pleasurable anticipation: he didn't have much relish for the idea
7.  an appetizing or spicy food added to a main dish to enhance its flavour
8.  an appetizing taste or flavour
9.  a zestful trace or touch: there was a certain relish in all his writing
10.  music (in English lute, viol, and keyboard music of the 16th and 17th centuries) a trilling ornament, used esp at cadences
[C16: from earlier reles aftertaste, from Old French: something remaining, from relaisser to leave behind; see release]

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Word Origin & History

1530, "taste, flavor," alteration of reles "scent, taste, aftertaste," (c.1320), from O.Fr. relais, reles "something remaining, that which is left behind," from relaisser (see release). Meaning "enjoyment of the taste or flavor of something" is attested from 1649. Sense
of "condiment" is first recorded 1797. The verb is attested from 1567 (implied in relished); sense of "to enjoy, take pleasure in" is from 1594.
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vegetable side dish that is eaten in small quantities with a blander main dish to pique the appetite by its contrasting texture and spicy or piquant taste. Relishes are frequently finely cut vegetables or fruit in sour, sweet-sour, or spicy sauce. The Indonesian and Malaysian sambal, Indian chutney, achar, and raita, and Korean kimchi are relishes that accompany virtually every meal in their respective cuisines. Lombardy in Italy specializes in mostarda di frutta, a melange of fruits preserved in a sweet syrup, sharp with mustard. In the Pennsylvania Dutch (see Pennsylvania German) cuisine of the United States, "seven sweets and seven sours" traditionally were served, among them many that are favourites throughout the country: pickled cucumbers, onions, beets, crabapples, watermelon rind, and mixtures of chopped vegetables such as piccalilli and chow chow.

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Example sentences
When ready to eat grill, or sear quail for five minutes on each side, top with relish and serve.
Smell the perfume of flowers, taste with relish each morsel, as if tomorrow you could never smell and taste again.
She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it with much relish.
We in the media get paid for it, as well as relish it.
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