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savory1

or (especially British) savoury

[sey-vuh-ree] /ˈseɪ və ri/
adjective, savorier, savoriest.
1.
pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell:
a savory aroma.
2.
piquant:
a savory jelly.
3.
pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.
noun, plural savories.
4.
British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
Origin of savory1
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English savori (see savor, -y1); replacing Middle English savure < Old French savoure, past participle of savourer to savor
Related forms
savorily, adverb
savoriness, noun
Can be confused
savior, savor, savory.
Synonyms
1, 2. See palatable.

savory2

[sey-vuh-ree] /ˈseɪ və ri/
noun, plural savories.
1.
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis (summer savory) or S. montana (winter savory) having narrow leaves used in cookery.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie < Latin saturēia (whence also Old English saturege, Middle English satureie)
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  • But a 'tea' in the north-country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savories, but on its sweets.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • savories, on the contrary, are a whet to the appetite and clear the palate for the due appreciation of the dinner.

    Breakfasts and Teas Paul Pierce
  • The same remarks apply to savories, which last ought always to be highly seasoned, whether hot or cold.

  • savories, a species of salt fish and cheese sandwich, is served in England hot, about the end of dinner.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
British Dictionary definitions for savories

savory

/ˈseɪvərɪ/
noun (pl) -vories
1.
any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.
the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for savories

savory

adj.

"pleasing in taste or smell," c.1200, from Old French savore "tasty, flavorsome" (Modern French savouré), past participle of savourer "to taste" (see savor (n.)).

n.

aromatic mint, late 14c., perhaps an alteration of Old English sæþerie, which is ultimately from Latin satureia "savory (n.)," a foreign word in Latin. But early history of the word suggests transmission via Old French savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably was altered by influence of the Middle English or Old French form of savory (adj.).

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