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 antipasti (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 There was an antipasto of bresaola and crusty bread, then bowls of long, thin maccheroni in tomato sauce, followed by plates of veal and pork meatballs. Maria Russo, New York Times, "‘Oh-Oh, Ay-Ay!’ Riding to an Italian Rhythm on the Transumanza," 16 Sep. 2019 The antipasto included a trio of cheeses, hard salami, melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto and vegetables. Marc Bona, cleveland, "The Palazzo quickly finds receptive home on Cleveland’s West Side," 29 Nov. 2019 Seated Tasting + Charcuterie: In this two-hour tasting, five preselected estate wines are paired with one of three charcuterie plates of your choosing (antipasto, Mediterranean vegetable or charcuterie board). San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: San Diego Festival of Beer celebrates 25 years of cancer activism," 19 Sep. 2019 Catch up with all our recent San Antonio restaurant reviews on In between came a parade of mid-level trattoria antipasto, mussels, cacciatore, lasagna, pizza and eggplant that would satisfy if not exactly excite most anybody. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Gennaro’s Trattoria gives Canyon Lake a solid Italian restaurant option north of San Antonio," 14 Nov. 2019 Olives fresh off the tree are nearly inedible, packed with a frighteningly bitter substance called oleuropein that must be coaxed out of the skin and flesh before anyone can enjoy them on an antipasto platter. Paul Stephen,, "Olives are the salty cure needed to liven up your next meal," 30 Oct. 2019 Today, Vincenzo Cucina Italiana’s two locations feature authentic Italian cuisines such as fresh antipasto, mouth-watering gnocchi and cheesy plates of pasta., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Munch on dishes like the antipasto plate ($12.95), warm Brie plate ($12.99) and chocolate truffles ($2.99). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Want to learn more about wine? These 12 Phoenix tasting rooms can help," 19 June 2019 All guests are served the same lavish antipasto, five seafood courses representing different areas of Calabria. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019

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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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The first known use of antipasto was in 1590

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17 Jan 2020

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“Antipasto.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of antipasto

: a plate of cold meat or vegetables that is served especially as the first course of a meal

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