Other forms: relished; relishing; relishes

Relish isn't just a hotdog topping. The verb relish means to enjoy something immensely. You may relish eating the relish on your hotdog, or you may relish taking an afternoon nap.

The word relish has been around since the 16th century and comes to us from the French, who are pretty good at indulging and savoring. When at a dinner party, win points with your host by sighing happily after each bite to show just how much you relish the meal. Relish is also a kind of spicy or savory condiment, the stuff you slather on hotdogs or hamburgers. So if you're fickle when it comes to pickles, you might ask them to hold the relish.

Definitions of relish
  1. noun
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
    synonyms: gusto, zest, zestfulness
    see moresee less
    type of:
    the pleasure felt when having a good time
    a feeling of excitement
  2. verb
    derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in
    synonyms: bask, enjoy, savor, savour
    see moresee less
    feast one's eyes
    look at with great enjoyment
    enjoy avidly
  3. noun
    spicy or savory condiment
    see moresee less
    show 11 types...
    hide 11 types...
    one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
    vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
    chopped pickles in mustard sauce
    pickle relish
    relish of chopped (usually sweet) pickles
    relish of chopped pickled cucumbers and green peppers and onion
    any of various small cucumbers pickled whole
    black olive, ripe olive
    olives picked ripe and cured in brine then dried or pickled or preserved canned or in oil
    green olive
    olives picked green and pickled in brine; infrequently stuffed with e.g. pimento
    pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
    dill pickle
    pickle preserved in brine or vinegar flavored with dill seed
    sweet pickle
    pickle cured in brine and preserved in sugar and vinegar
    type of:
    a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment
  4. noun
    the taste experience when a savory condiment is taken into the mouth
    synonyms: flavor, flavour, nip, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
    see moresee less
    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
    a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
    type of:
    gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus




DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘relish'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up relish for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer