1 [sey-vuh-ree]
adjective, savorier, savoriest.
pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
piquant: a savory jelly.
pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.
noun, plural savories.
British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
Also, especially British, savoury.

1175–1225; Middle English savori (see savor, -y1); replacing Middle English savure < Old French savoure, past participle of savourer to savor

savorily, adverb
savoriness, noun

1, 2. See palatable. Unabridged


2 [sey-vuh-ree]
noun, plural savories.
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.

1350–1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie < Latin saturēia (whence also Old English saturege, Middle English satureie) Unabridged
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savory (ˈseɪvərɪ)
n , 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
[C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin]

savoury or savory (ˈseɪvərɪ)
1.  attractive to the sense of taste or smell
2.  salty or spicy; not sweet: a savoury dish
3.  pleasant
4.  respectable
n , -vouries
5.  a savoury dish served as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert
[C13 savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour]
savory or savory
[C13 savure, from Old French savouré, from savourer to savour]
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Word Origin & History

"pleasing in taste or smell," early 13c., from O.Fr. savoure (Fr. savoré), pp. of savourer "to taste" (see savor).

"aromatic mint," late 14c., perhaps an alteration of O.E. sæþerie, which is ultimately from L. satureia "savory (n.)." But early history of the word suggests transmission via O.Fr. savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably altered by influence of the M.E. or O.Fr. form of
savory (adj.).
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Example sentences
Study subjects who expressed a preference for sweet over savory tastes also
  tended to be more agreeable.
Heat the chicken fat in a deep skillet, add the celery, scallions and savory
  and saute for a few minutes.
We certainly have diplomatic recognition with far less savory governments.
Design a backyard garden and harvest your own savory produce.
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