plural amuse-bouches also amuses-bouches ə-ˈmyüz-büsh How to pronounce amuse-bouche (audio)
ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh How to pronounce amuse-bouche (audio)
: a small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants

Examples of amuse-bouche in a Sentence

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Word History


French, literally, (it) entertains (the) mouth

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amuse-bouche was in 1959


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“Amuse-bouche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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