savoury(pl savouries), {{}}American{{}} savory (pl savories) [{{t}}'seɪvərɪ]
1 adjective
(a) (salty) salé; (spicy) épicé;
savoury biscuits biscuits mpl salés
(b) (appetizing) savoureux, appétissant;
a savoury meal un repas savoureux
(c) {{}}formal{{}} (wholesome)
it's not a very savoury subject c'est un sujet peu ragoûtant;
he's not a very savoury individual c'est un individu peu recommandable;
one of the less savoury aspects of the affair l'un des aspects les moins reluisants de l'affaire
2 noun
= petit plat salé servi soit comme hors d'œuvre, soit en fin de repas après le dessert

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