Word of the Day: relish

Word of the Day
April 4, 2016
relish (noun, verb)
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A hot dog with relish.
Relish is a mass noun that means great enjoyment or pleasure in something. It is also a topping for food that is usually made of chopped vegetables (often pickled, which means that they are preserved in vinegar). This kind of relish is added to food to make it more flavorful. As a verb, relish means 'to enjoy and take pleasure in something' or 'to like the taste of food.'

 

Example sentences
 
The young man had a great relish for painting and hoped for a career as an artist.
After her husband died, my great aunt found that life no longer held any relish for her.
David always has relish on his hot dogs.
Wendy relished the opportunity to meet her favorite pop star.
Fred was very hungry and relished the good food he was served.

 

Did you know?
 
There are many different kinds of relish. Chicago-style hot dogs are famously served with a bright green relish, while in New York, relish is made with onions stewed in spicy tomato paste, giving it a reddish color. Other cities also have their own styles of relish for hot dogs.
 
Other forms
 
relishable (adjective), relishingly (adverb)
 
Origin
 
Relish dates back to the early 16th century. It comes from Old French, as a variant of relais, meaning 'remainder or that left behind' and the Middle English word relese, meaning 'aftertaste or scent.'
 
 
 
 
 
Relish in other languages
 
 
 
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