an·​ti·​pas·​to ˌan-tē-ˈpa-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce antipasto (audio)
plural antipasti
-ˈpä- How to pronounce antipasto (audio)
: 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 Another antipasto is made almost the same way with zucchini when the finger-size ones are still in the markets. Pete Wells, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 In a home setting, this antipasto can be served on individual plates or as part of a buffet table. David Tanis, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Following the ceremony, a buffet style dinner of house and Caesar salad, antipasto, beef, grilled chicken and three different types of pastas were served before the couple cut into their four-tiered vanilla and buttercream wedding cake. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2023 People involved in both outbreaks reported eating deli meats including salami, prosciutto, coppa, pepperoni, soppressata commonly found in antipasto or charcuterie assortments. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 The unlikely herb pairing is a spring awakening — the flavors brighten up any roast or grilled fish — but a serving of three or four carciofini, or mini artichokes, is commanding enough as an antipasto or a vegan secondo. Naoki Nitta, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Feb. 2022 Another antipasto, roasted cauliflower, is prepared like pasta amatriciana, with cherry tomatoes, pancetta, onion and pecorino. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2020 Complimentary antipasto plate, bread and homemade seasoned dipping oil. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2022 Get happy hour started right with this antipasto-ready basket. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antipasto was in 1590

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“Antipasto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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