Meaning of savory

savory




Something savory is full of flavor, delicious and tasty — usually something that someone has cooked. In the world of cuisine, savory is also often used to mean the opposite of sweet, or salty.

The easiest way to remember savory is that it rhymes with flavory — which is not a real word, but should be. Interestingly, the word unsavory — which is clearly the opposite of savory — is almost never used to describe food. If some a dish doesn’t taste good, it, well, isn’t good-tasting. If something is unsavory, then it’s probably a person or situation that seems morally questionable. So, save savory for delicious food and save unsavory for things, people and ideas deserving of the adjective.

Definitions of savory
  1. adjective

    pleasing to the sense of taste

    synonyms:

    mouth-watering, savoury

    appetising, appetizing

    appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
  2. adjective

    having an agreeably pungent taste

    synonyms:

    piquant, savoury, spicy, zesty

    tasty

    pleasing to the sense of taste
  3. noun

    an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d’oeuvre

    synonyms:

    savoury

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    type of:

    dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat

    something considered choice to eat

  4. noun

    any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees

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    types:

    Satureia hortensis, Satureja hortensis, summer savory

    erect annual herb with oval leaves and pink flowers; used to flavor e.g. meats or soups or salads; southeastern Europe and naturalized elsewhere
    Satureia montana, Satureja montana, winter savory

    erect perennial subshrub having pink or white flowers and leathery leaves with a flavor of thyme; southern Europe
    type of:

    herb, herbaceous plant

    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

  5. noun

    either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family

    synonyms:

    savoury

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    types:

    summer savory, summer savoury

    herb with delicately flavored leaves with many uses
    winter savory, winter savoury

    resinous leaves used in stews and stuffings and meat loaf
    type of:

    herb

    aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities

  6. noun

    dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions

    synonyms:

    Micromeria juliana

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    type of:

    herb, herbaceous plant

    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

  7. adjective

    morally wholesome or acceptable

    “a past that was scarcely
    savory
    synonyms:

    savoury

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    Antonyms:

    offensive, unsavory, unsavoury

    morally offensive
    odoriferous

    morally offensive
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