Definition of relish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] great enjoyment or pleasure She savoured the moment with obvious relish.
  2. 2 [uncountable, countable] a cold thick spicy sauce made from fruit and vegetables that have been boiled, that is served with meat, cheese, etc. See related entries: Sauces
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: alteration of obsolete reles, from Old French reles ‘remainder’, from relaisser ‘to release’. The early noun sense was ‘odour, taste’ giving rise to ‘appetizing flavour, piquant taste’ (mid 17th cent.), and hence sense (2) (late 18th cent.).
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