• (British, America) IPA: /ˈɹɛ.lɪʃ/


  1. A pleasing taste; flavor that gratifies the palate; hence, enjoyable quality; power of pleasing.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 12.
      A Laplander or Negro has no notion of the relish of wine.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Much pleasure we have lost while we abstained / From this delightful fruit, nor known till now / True relish, tasting.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 1]:
  2. Savor; quality; characteristic tinge.
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, Discourse on Pastoral Poetry:
      It preserves some relish of old writing.
  3. A taste for; liking; appetite; fondness.
    • 1849, Thomas Macaulay, History of England, Chapter 11:
      One of the first acts which he was under the necessity of performing must have been painful to a man of so generous a nature, and of so keen a relish for whatever was excellent in arts and letters.
    • I have a relish for moderate praise, because it bids fair to be judicious.
  4. A cooked or pickled sauce, usually made with vegetables or fruits, generally used as a condiment.
  5. In a wooden frame, the projection or shoulder at the side of, or around, a tenon, on a tenoned piece.
  6. Something that is greatly liked or savoured.
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  • French: relish
  • German: (specialist use, chiefly for foreign cuisines) Chutney, Relish; (any liquid-based condiment) Soße; (any fairly dry condiment) Würze; (vegetable-based side dish) Gemüse, Gemüsesalat
  • Italian: condimento
  • Portuguese: compota
  • Russian: припра́ва

relish (relishes, present participle relishing; past and past participle relished)

  1. (transitive) To taste or eat with pleasure, to like the flavor of [from 16th c.]
  2. (transitive) to take great pleasure in.
    He relishes their time together.
    I don't relish the idea of going out tonight.
    • Now I begin to relish thy advice.
    He knows how to prize his advantages, and to relish the honours which he enjoys.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To taste; to have a specified taste or flavour. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 3, member 3:
      honourable enterprises are accompanied with dangers and damages, as experience evinceth; they will make the rest of thy life relish the better.
      Had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not have relished among my other discredits.
      A theory, which, how much soever it may relish of wit and invention, hath no foundation in nature.
  4. (transitive) To give a relish to; to cause to taste agreeable, to make appetizing. [from 16th c.]
    • a sav'ry bit that served to relish wine
  5. (obsolete, intransitive) To give pleasure.
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  • German: Gefallen finden an, mit Wollust tun, mit Genuß tun, mit Freude tun, mit Begeisterung tun, begeistert sein, genußvoll tun
  • Spanish: saborear
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