Definition of savory in English:



  • [mass noun] An aromatic plant of the mint family, used as a culinary herb.

    • ‘Harvest culinary and medicinal herbs like lemon balm, mint, French tarragon, summer savory and basil before they go to seed.’
    • ‘Sprinkle the dish with black pepper and garnish with winter savory.’
    • ‘Together with dill, sorrel and summer savory, parsley was one of the herbs grown in every garden.’
    • ‘A versatile culinary herb that belongs to the same plant family as thyme is winter savory.’
    • ‘Certain herbs will also grow well in cooler temperatures including cilantro, winter thyme, winter savory & sage.’


Middle English: perhaps from Old English sætherie, or via Old French, from Latin satureia.