Definition of savoury adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English savory) adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈseɪvəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪvəri//
    Taste of food
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  1. 1having a taste that is salty, not sweet savoury snacks What’s in the pastry? Is it sweet or savoury? Wordfinderbitter, bland, hot, pungent, savoury, sour, spicy, sweet, tart, taste See related entries: Taste of food
  2. 2having a pleasant taste or smell a savoury smell from the kitchen see also unsavoury More Like This Words that look like opposites, but aren’t different/​indifferent, interested/​disinterested, famous/​infamous, flammable/​inflammable, savoury/​unsavoury, sensible/​insensible, valuable/​invaluableSee worksheet.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘pleasing to the sense of taste or smell’): from Old French savoure ‘tasty, fragrant’, based on Latin sapor ‘taste’.

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