an·​ti·​pas·​to | \ ˌan-tē-ˈpa-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce antipasto (audio) , ˌän-tē-, -ˈpä- \
plural antipasti\ ˌan-​tē-​ˈpa-​(ˌ)stē , ˌän-​tē-​ , -​ˈpä-​ How to pronounce antipasto (audio) \

Definition of antipasto

: any of various typically Italian hors d'oeuvres also : a plate of these served especially as the first course of a meal

Examples of antipasto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breakfast favorites, pastries, antipasto, charcuterie, prime rib, turkey, shrimp cocktail, kids’ dishes, desserts. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Starting May 15th, the Ranch Malibu will be trading almonds for a low-fat antipasto with the opening of the Ranch Italy at Palazzo Fiuggi. Michelle Gross, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2022 Start with an antipasto misto of mozzarella, prosciutto, goat-cheese stuffed artichokes and move on to an array of entrees. Marc Bona, cleveland, 17 Feb. 2022 Just about any dish could serve as either antipasto to be shared or a main course. John Mariani, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 There are five distinct main courses of the Feast of the Seven Fishes—antipasto platter, fish entree, pasta, main entree, vegetables, and finally dessert. Cara Cipolla Kretz, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 Last month, 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products were recalled for possible salmonella contamination that caused sickness in people across 17 states. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 Last month, 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products were recalled for possible salmonella contamination that caused sickness to people across 17 states. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 The recall comes after the CDC reported an investigation into two salmonella outbreaks across 17 states believed to be linked to Fratelli’s antipasto products. - Make Genius Money Moves, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of antipasto

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antipasto

Italian, from anti- (from Latin ante-) + pasto food, from Latin pastus, from pascere to feed — more at food

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“Antipasto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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