A category of food that isn't sweet
, usually used to describe meat
or a hearty vegetable
dish. It's a somewhat murky distinction, but a good rule of thumb is: if you can add salt
to it, it's savory, if you can add sugar to it, it's not.
Savory can also be used more generally to describe anything tasty and edible - the word does simple come from the french/latin root meaning "flavour" - but this is a somewhat archaic use. Savory is also spelled savoury in Canada and the UK.