hors d'oeuvre


hors d'oeuvre

noun \r-ˈdərv\

: a food served in small portions before the main part of a meal

plural hors d'oeuvres also hors d'oeuvre \-ˈdərv(z)\

Full Definition of HORS D'OEUVRE

:  any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers

Examples of HORS D'OEUVRE

  1. a tray of assorted hors d'oeuvres

Origin of HORS D'OEUVRE

French hors-d'œuvre, literally, outside of the work
First Known Use: 1714

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

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