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relish

[rel-ish] /ˈrɛl ɪʃ/
noun
1.
liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
2.
pleasurable appreciation of anything; liking:
He has no relish for obscene jokes.
3.
Cookery.
  1. something savory or appetizing added to a meal, as pickles or olives.
  2. a sweet pickle made of various vegetables, usually chopped or minced.
  3. an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
4.
a pleasing or appetizing flavor.
5.
a pleasing or enjoyable quality.
6.
a taste or flavor.
7.
a smack, trace, or touch of something.
verb (used with object)
8.
to take pleasure in; like; enjoy:
I don't relish the long drive home.
9.
to make pleasing to the taste.
10.
to like the taste of.
verb (used without object)
11.
to have taste or flavor.
12.
to be agreeable.
Origin of relish
1520-1530
1520-30; alteration of Middle English reles aftertaste, scent < Old French, variant of relais remainder, that left behind; see release
Related forms
relishable, adjective
relishingly, adverb
self-relish, noun
unrelishable, adjective
unrelished, adjective
unrelishing, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. gusto, zest. 2. inclination, partiality, predilection, preference. 3. condiment, appetizer. 6. savor. 8. appreciate.
Antonyms
1, 2. distaste, disfavor.
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  • Not relishing the flooded condition, the immersionist gave up the task—for once water interfered with the Baptist growth.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • The water-melons of Africa are not near so relishing as those of Louisiana.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • What is eat by way of relish to dry bread is called kitchen in Scotland, as cheese, dried fish, or the like relishing morsels.

    The Pirate Sir Walter Scott
  • I was holding the last piece of news for a minute or two, relishing it.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
  • Archibald, in fact, seemed to be relishing the literary atmosphere tremendously.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for relishing

relish

/ˈrɛlɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
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
Derived Forms
relishable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from earlier reles aftertaste, from Old French: something remaining, from relaisser to leave behind; see release
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Word Origin and History for relishing

relish

n.

1520s, "taste, flavor," alteration of reles "scent, taste, aftertaste," (c.1300), from Old French relais, reles, "something remaining, that which is left behind," from relaisser "to leave behind" (see release (v.)). Meaning "enjoyment of the taste or flavor of something" is attested from 1640s. Sense of "condiment, that which imparts flavor" is first recorded 1797. The stuff you put on hot dogs is a sweet green pickle relish.

v.

1560s "give flavor to" (implied in relished), from relish (n.). The transferred sense of "to enjoy, take pleasure in" is from 1590s. Related: Relishing.

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