Relish isn’t just a hotdog topping. The verb relish means to enjoy something immensely. You may relish eating the relish on your hotdog, or you may relish taking an afternoon nap.

The word relish has been around since the 16th century and comes to us from the French, who are pretty good at indulging and savoring. When at a dinner party, win points with your host by sighing happily after each bite to show just how much you relish the meal. Relish is also a kind of spicy or savory condiment, the stuff you slather on hotdogs or hamburgers. So if you’re fickle when it comes to pickles, you might ask them to hold the relish.

Definitions of relish
  1. noun

    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment

    gusto, zest, zestfulness
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    the pleasure felt when having a good time

    a feeling of excitement

  2. verb

    derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in

    bask, enjoy, savor, savour
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    feast one’s eyes

    look at with great enjoyment

    enjoy avidly

  3. noun

    spicy or savory condiment

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    one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish

    vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar

    chopped pickles in mustard sauce
    pickle relish

    relish of chopped (usually sweet) pickles

    relish of chopped pickled cucumbers and green peppers and onion

    any of various small cucumbers pickled whole
    black olive, ripe olive

    olives picked ripe and cured in brine then dried or pickled or preserved canned or in oil
    green olive

    olives picked green and pickled in brine; infrequently stuffed with e.g. pimento

    pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
    dill pickle

    pickle preserved in brine or vinegar flavored with dill seed
    sweet pickle

    pickle cured in brine and preserved in sugar and vinegar
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    a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment

  4. noun

    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

    flavor, flavour, nip, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
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    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons

    a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
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    gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

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