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Dictionary Definition



1 vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment [syn: gusto, zest, zestfulness]
2 spicy or savory condiment
3 the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth [syn: flavor, flavour, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang] v : derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in; "She relished her fame and basked in her glory" [syn: enjoy, bask, savor, savour]

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  1. A pleasing taste; flavor that gratifies the palate; hence, enjoyable quality; power of pleasing.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 12.
      A Laplander or Negro has no notion of the relish of wine.
  2. Savor; quality; characteristic tinge.
  3. A taste for; liking; appetite; fondness.
  4. That which is used to impart a flavor; specifically, something taken with food to render it more palatable or to stimulate the appetite; a condiment.
  5. A cooked or pickled sauce, usually made with vegetables or fruits, generally used as a condiment.
  6. In a wooden frame, the projection or shoulder at the side of, or around, a tenon, on a tenoned piece.


pleasing taste
savor; quality; characteristic tinge


  1. To taste or eat with pleasure; to like the flavor of.
    I relish a good tuna sandwich.
  2. To take great pleasure in something; to enjoy; to approach with zeal or enthusiasm; to be pleased with or gratified by; to experience pleasure from.
    He relishes their time together.
    I don't relish the idea of finishing so much tonight.
  3. To give a relish to; to cause to taste agreeably.
  4. To have a pleasing or appetizing taste; to give gratification; to have a flavor.


to taste or eat with pleasure; to like the flavor of
to take great pleasure in something
(obsolete) to give a relish to; to cause to taste agreeably
(obsolete) to have a pleasing or appetizing taste

Extensive Definition

A relish is a cooked or pickled, chopped vegetable or fruit food item which is typically used as a condiment. The item generally consists of discernible vegetable or fruit pieces in a sauce, although the sauce is subordinate in character to the vegetable or fruit pieces. It might consist of a single type of vegetable or fruit, or a combination of these. These fruits or vegetables might be coarsely or finely chopped, but generally a relish is not as smooth as a sauce-type condiment, such as ketchup. The overall taste sensation might be sweet or savory, hot or mild, but it is always a strong flavor that complements or adds excitement to the primary food item that it is served with.
Relish probably came about from the need to preserve vegetables in the winter.
Although chutneys might be considered a type of relish, Crosse & Blackwell defines the difference between chutneys and relishes as follows: "Chutney is typically made with fruit; relish is normally made with vegetables."
In the United States, the most common commercially available relishes are pickle relishes. Two variants of this are hamburger relish (pickle relish in a ketchup base or sauce) and hotdog relish (pickle relish in a mustard base or sauce). Other readily available commercial relishes in the United States include corn relish. Heinz, Vlasic, and Claussen are well known in the United States as producers of pickles and relishes.
Pickle relish can be mixed with mayonnaise to make tartar sauce, and piccalilli can be mixed with mayonnaise or crème fraîche to make remoulade.
A famous relish is the Gentleman's Relish, which was invented in 1828 by John Osborn and contains spiced anchovy. It is traditionally spread sparingly atop unsalted butter on thin, hot toast.

Kinds of Relish

relish in German: Relish
relish in Esperanto: Reliŝo
relish in French: Relish
relish in Chinese: 開味小菜

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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