- liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
- pleasurable appreciation of anything; liking: He has no relish for obscene jokes.
- something savory or appetizing added to a meal, as pickles or olives.
- a sweet pickle made of various vegetables, usually chopped or minced.
- an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre.
- a pleasing or appetizing flavor.
- a pleasing or enjoyable quality.
- a taste or flavor.
- a smack, trace, or touch of something.
verb (used with object)
- to take pleasure in; like; enjoy: I don’t relish the long drive home.
- to make pleasing to the taste.
- to like the taste of.
verb (used without object)
- to have taste or flavor.
- to be agreeable.
- to savour or enjoy (an experience) to the full
- to anticipate eagerly; look forward to
- to enjoy the taste or flavour of (food, etc); savour
- to give appetizing taste or flavour to (food), by or as if by the addition of pickles or spices
- liking or enjoyment, as of something eaten or experienced (esp in the phrase with relish)
- pleasurable anticipationhe didn’t have much relish for the idea
- an appetizing or spicy food added to a main dish to enhance its flavour
- an appetizing taste or flavour
- a zestful trace or touchthere was a certain relish in all his writing
- music (in English lute, viol, and keyboard music of the 16th and 17th centuries) a trilling ornament, used esp at cadences
1520s, “taste, flavor,” alteration of reles “scent, taste, aftertaste,” (c.1300), from Old French relais, reles, “something remaining, that which is left behind,” from relaisser “to leave behind” (see release (v.)). Meaning “enjoyment of the taste or flavor of something” is attested from 1640s. Sense of “condiment, that which imparts flavor” is first recorded 1797. The stuff you put on hot dogs is a sweet green pickle relish.
1560s “give flavor to” (implied in relished), from relish (n.). The transferred sense of “to enjoy, take pleasure in” is from 1590s. Related: Relishing.