Adjective "savoury" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of food) belonging to the category which is salty or spicy rather than sweet.
  1. 'For a complete meal, serve this savory dish with brown rice, quinoa or whole-wheat couscous, and steamed green beans.'
  2. 'In general, most of the salt we consume is not added during cooking or at the table, but comes from processed foods such as bread, cheese, savoury snacks, breakfast cereals and ready-meals.'
  3. 'Pears are one of the few fruits that lend themselves equally happily to sweet and savoury dishes.'
  4. 'Many people, myself included, find bursts of sugar in savory food highly unpleasant.'
  5. 'As a big fan of fruit as part of the main savoury dish of the meal I thoroughly enjoyed this.'
  6. 'Toss fresh or dried berries into savory dishes such as salsas, salads, pilafs and couscous.'
  7. 'Maple syrup is no longer relegated to its standard role of sweetening pancakes and waffles; this versatile ingredient adds flavor to both sweet and savory dishes alike.'
  8. 'It is easy to identify sweets as culprits, but what about the hidden danger of sugar in savoury foods and foods thought to be healthy, such as breakfast cereals, fruit juices, salad dressings, and yoghurts?'
  9. 'It was tasty enough, but I suspect the chef's talent lies with the savoury dishes.'
  10. 'A savory bread pudding with tomato marmalade and smoked trout ran as a special on the appetizer menu briefly, and was popular enough to return for a lengthier menu visit a few weeks later.'
  11. 'she carried in a pie from the kitchen, steaming and savoury'
  12. 'Served in a small wooden bowl painted black on the exterior and red within, the soup was light and savoury.'
  13. 'The pate had pistachios in it and bacon wrapped around it and tasted rich and savory and utterly decadent.'
  14. 'The overwhelming feel here is of a big-boned, but savoury southern Rhone wine.'
  15. 'It was braised, succulent, savoury, fat-free, and served in its cooking liquid - which had been only slightly reduced.'
  16. 'Steak, like the venison, is Scottish and very savoury.'
Morally wholesome or acceptable.
  1. 'But the task was becoming a less savory one, the world was annoying him at every turn.'
  2. 'I don't, frankly, think the Royal Family did look on them as particularly pleasant or savory people.'


A savoury dish, especially a snack or appetizer.
  1. 'And to ensure uniformity in preparation, the restaurant used about 160 different pre-mixed spices in the elaborate preparation of the savouries.'
  2. 'Doors open at 8 p.m. and wine and savouries will be served.'
  3. 'Guests grazed on savories such as chicken pot stickers, avocado egg rolls, quesadillas and chicken Marsala with mushrooms.'
  4. 'The calories contributed by most sweets and savouries are listed out and the manager of the stall tells you how many hours you have to exercise to burn them.'
  5. 'Warnings about consuming too much sugar get pushed to the back of the mind during festival time, when everyone is cooking and distributing delicious sweetmeats and savouries.'
  6. 'All of that I had done myself, and I still had to put approximately 200 savories into the oven to be heated, and cut up some cheese with crackers.'
  7. 'If the food takes a little long to come, just have some savories and dips to ward off the hunger pangs in the guests, and relax and enjoy.'
  8. 'The spread was outrageous, she said, from homemade cannolis to cake and back again, not to mention the savories.'
  9. 'His father had a shop selling savouries at the local railway station.'


1. savory1 . savory1 [sey-vuh-ree] /ˈseɪ və ri/ Spell Syllables adjective, savorier, savoriest.

1. pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.

2. piquant: a savory jelly.

3. pleasing, attractive, or agreeable. noun, plural savories.

4. British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.

More examples(as adjective)

"snacks can be savoury."

"dishes can be savoury."

"foods can be savoury."

"smells can be savoury."

"rices can be savoury."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasing to the sense of taste or smell’): from Old French savoure ‘tasty, fragrant’, based on Latin sapor ‘taste’.