Definition of relish in English:



  • 1mass noun Great enjoyment.

    ‘she swigged a mouthful of wine with relish’
    • ‘With considerable relish, Asbury chronicles the history of the multitude of gangs who fought to control the streets of the Bowery, Hell's Kitchen and the Five Points.’
    • ‘Hackman plays a pro thief who's now desperate to get out of the game, but one of his chief clients, a sleazebag played with relish by DeVito, won't let him out without delivering on one final hit.’
    • ‘He then continued eating salad with his dinner fork, purposely displaying great relish.’
    • ‘There had been relish and delight in his voice when he spoke of those possibilities.’
    • ‘He popped another serrano into his mouth and chewed with evident relish.’
    • ‘But it's done with such relish and infectious enthusiasm that it feels like a much lighter read.’
    • ‘The evident relish with which he incarnates Evil is always funny and very convincing.’
    • ‘Meticulously, and with obvious relish she worked the marrow out with her tongue.’
    • ‘Cut to the next scene, and he is munching away with relish and delight.’
    • ‘She smiled at them and returned to her food with slow, obvious relish.’
    • ‘In the early 20s, German society and politics indulged in paradoxes with what could almost be described as relish, as you can still feel today when you read the historical documents.’
    • ‘She ate, judiciously and without obvious relish, and a diet was born.’
    • ‘This could have been a job for life, but Baxter describes with relish and relief the sense that was abroad in the 1960s of provincial Australian society opening up, with more possibilities.’
    • ‘The Utrecht players are a very homogeneous group and they play the work with an evident relish.’
    • ‘Microsoft's e-government service for the UK was unveiled with great relish last night.’
    • ‘There is no greater reward for those who cook food, than to see the delicacies they have taken so much time to plan and cook, being eaten with relish, resulting in the guests turning up for second and third helpings.’
    • ‘My dinner companions are a multinational mix of people tucking into the juicy Argentine beef with equal relish.’
    • ‘The relish with which we tackle the prospect of a bit of weather is our last remaining national characteristic transcending the divisions of class, age, race and fashionable intelligence.’
    • ‘Not wanting to give the prince anything of dubious taste or quality, she bit into each fruit first to be sure of its succulence and sweetness and only then gave it to Rama who ate it with great relish and granted her salvation.’
    • ‘And on his own steam, Jackson continues his good work with grace and relish.’
    1. 1.1 Liking for or pleasurable anticipation of something.
      ‘I was appointed to a post for which I had little relish’
      • ‘She understands the historic significance of the ship and at the same time her enthusiasm and relish for the opportunity were obvious.’
      enjoyment, gusto, delight, pleasure, glee, rapture, satisfaction, contentment, contentedness, gratification, happiness, exhilaration, excitement, titillation, appreciation, liking, fondness, enthusiasm, appetite, zest
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  • 2A piquant sauce or pickle eaten with plain food to add flavour.

    ‘use salsa as a relish with grilled meat or fish’
    • ‘As I reached over the table for my can of iced tea, Haley quietly chomps down her slice of pizza, while Chad engulfs half a hamburger, coated with a mixture of pickle relish and ketchup.’
    • ‘And there was no sign of the promised red onion relish which might have given it that zing.’
    • ‘There's also a pretty good chance that we could have a last minute substitution for the cranberry relish.’
    • ‘In business class, meals with chicken soup have given way for fruit salads, pineapple and mango relish.’
    • ‘Season with tamarind water and lime or mandarin juice: the relish should be salty, hot, sour and sweet.’
    • ‘To make the relish, finely dice the beetroot and combine with the vegetable or chicken stock, vinegar, sugar and salt in a small pan.’
    • ‘Add the fresh-squeezed juice into salsas and relishes for an added shot of flavor.’
    • ‘Show off your line of homemade corn relish at the local fair.’
    • ‘Alternatively, tomato relish goes particularly well, and of course a salad and some cold beer.’
    • ‘Being highly concentrated, Worcester sauce is employed mostly as a condiment or an ingredient rather than as a relish like the brown sauce which it superficially resembles.’
    • ‘Wet dishes such as soups and curries play off the drier dishes, relishes and the crunchy raw vegetables Thais consider a mandatory part of a good meal.’
    • ‘Top the burgers with either a dollop of cranberry jelly, tomato relish or onion marmalade.’
    • ‘This season we put up more than 300 jars of jellies, pickles, relishes and tomatoes without heating up the kitchen or spending hours waiting for a large pot of water to come to a boil on the kitchen stove.’
    • ‘Sandwich the burgers with the onion relish and the other garnishes of your choice, and eat with your hands.’
    • ‘I always put out several cucumber plants for pickle relish and bread-and-butter pickles.’
    • ‘Current retail product categories include dried spice, dipping sauces, chutneys and relishes, and seasoning for white and red meats.’
    • ‘The crispy phyllo pastry that housed the veggie pie provided perfect textural contrast to the pasty sweet potato, which was oh-so-sweetly lubricated by a juicy tomato-apple relish.’
    • ‘Look for stuffed olives, relishes, pickled garlic, or flavored mustards.’
    • ‘However, there are salads, drinks and relishes for meat that also incorporate this prairie fruit.’
    • ‘Cold meat may taste better with a garnish of a pickle or other relish.’
    condiment, accompaniment, sauce, dressing, flavouring, seasoning, dip
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  • 3archaic An appetizing flavour.

    ‘the tired glutton finds no relish in the sweetest meat’
    1. 3.1 A distinctive taste or tinge.
      ‘the relish of wine’
      taste, flavour, tang, smack
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[with object]
  • 1Enjoy greatly.

    ‘he was relishing his moment of glory’
    • ‘A ghost tour, relished especially by the kids will take you to the haunted St. Philip Street.’
    • ‘Turner was primarily inspired by the processes of design and editing; he relished working with photographers.’
    • ‘He relishes studying technology and economic trends.’
    • ‘This film is understandably Waters' favorite, and he relishes telling tales of his Baltimore childhood and remembering the contributions of friends who participated in the film.’
    • ‘He rocked her, relishing in the feeling of his arms around her.’
    • ‘Many relish its sweet taste, but it is by and large an acquired one.’
    • ‘The tail is fatty tissue, rich and palatable when cooked, and was greatly relished by early trappers and explorers.’
    • ‘Whistling, the merchant threw himself against a particularly large pile, relishing in the feeling of comfort, wiggling out of his overly large boots and stretching.’
    • ‘As she went about the normal day, she thought of him far too often, relishing in the feeling she got; her breath stopped, an her stomach tightened up in knots.’
    • ‘Lynn met Mitch's eyes, relishing in the inside joke.’
    • ‘There is something within us, in our souls that enjoys it, even relishes it.’
    • ‘I think that what I always relished about having Peter as a colleague and as a competitor is that his passion was never tempered.’
    • ‘Most others are relishing in pointing out your hypocrisy here - you are being hypocritical, but that doesn't change how much pain you're feeling.’
    • ‘I snickered, relishing all the annoyance I could cause.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the New York City-based photographer relishes experiencing other cultures and cuisines.’
    • ‘I wanted siblings who, for as much as they relished teasing me, would stand by me when the going got tough.’
    • ‘She did secretarial training but didn't much relish being a secretary; rather she longed to be an actress and a traveler.’
    • ‘Sandra held the mug in her hands, relishing in its warmth and stalling for time.’
    • ‘Should I relax on the beach, relishing every last moment of freedom?’
    • ‘Diane has a pharmacy degree, so she relishes growing herbs and using them in unusual and random ways.’
    enjoy, delight in, love, like, adore, be pleased by, take pleasure in, rejoice in, appreciate, savour, revel in, luxuriate in, glory in
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    1. 1.1 Anticipate with pleasure.
      ‘we did not relish the idea of a strike’
      • ‘And I think he wanted to do it because he had spent a lot of time in period costume and relished the idea of a sci-fi movie.’
      • ‘I really wasn't relishing the idea of telling this guy that his game was a dud.’
      • ‘I think a mother like this who's so concerned would relish that and welcome a program in school.’
      • ‘He relished the idea of seeing envy on their faces.’
      • ‘And I did not relish the idea of sprinting past them and maintaining that pace.’
      • ‘He certainly knew what another meant, and did not relish the idea of being blown to kingdom come for his transgressions.’
      • ‘Though she did not relish being alone in the apartment for any length of time.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly, a lot of people don't relish the idea of two mortgages, especially if they've ‘maxed out’ on the new one.’
      • ‘In fact, while we're at it, we'd relish the idea of governments hiking prices another 20 cents a litre, say, and pumping the resulting revenue directly into public transit.’
      • ‘We do not relish the idea of going through another inquest, and no doubt neither does anyone else involved.’
      • ‘But do I relish the idea of playing a character where you're not playing the lead role and where you can turn up and absolutely go crazy?’
      • ‘CEOs rarely relish the idea of lowering expectations or apologizing publicly for past mistakes.’
      • ‘None of this is to say that I relish the idea of having to pay more money for school.’
      • ‘This is an ongoing fantasy, but I don't relish the idea of being questioned by the police.’
      • ‘I didn't really relish going in search of the missing woman.’
      • ‘Nikolas was already relishing the idea of taunting Tyler with this interesting information.’
      • ‘No one relished the idea of subjective judgments about the historical merit of a given property resulting in lower property values or the possibility of a parcel being forcibly taken away from its owner.’
      • ‘Rumsfeld, who controls most of the estimated $40 billion intelligence budget, doesn't relish giving up that authority.’
      • ‘The author of many books on educational theory, he relished the chance to put his progressive ideas into practice.’
      • ‘Not to sound like a wuss, but even at 60-plus, he's just not a guy you wanna get in an argument with, and I frankly don't relish the idea.’
      look forward to, fancy, anticipate with pleasure, await with pleasure, lick one's lips over, be unable to wait for, count the days until, long for, hope for
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  • 2archaic Make pleasant to the taste; add relish to.

    ‘I have also a novel to relish my wine’


Middle 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 century), and hence relish (sense 2 of the noun) (late 18th century).