(noun, adjective)


1. (figuratively) morally good or acceptable

- good and savory language

Similar word(s): savoury

2. having a nice salty taste

Similar word(s): tasty, piquant, savoury, zesty

3. pleasing to the sense of taste

Similar word(s): appetising, appetizing, savoury

Sentences with savory as an adjective:

- The fine restaurant presented an array of savory dishes; each was delicious.

- The mushrooms, meat, bread, rice, peanuts and potatoes were all good savory foods.

- The savory duck contrasted well with the sweet sauce.

- Readers are to be warned that quotations in this chapter contain some not so savory language.


1. any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees

Definition categories: plant, herb

2. dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions

Definition categories: plant, herb

3. either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family

Similar word(s): savoury

Definition categories: food, herb

4. an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre

Similar word(s): savoury

Definition categories: food, dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat