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

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Recent Examples on the Web For a preview of the building blocks of Il Forno’s pizza, settle in with an antipasto platter of meats, cheeses, roasted garlic, veggies and toasted flatbread ($11-$14) and get ready for the good stuff. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Il Forno restaurant among San Antonio’s best Neapolitan pies," 25 Sep. 2020 The pan can also be used as a platter for antipasto or charcuterie — no more chasing olives that want to roll off of your board. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to use a paella pan for biscuits, stir fry, roasting chicken and more," 26 Sep. 2020 Done and done with Italy’s perfect antipasto, fritto misto. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Are Scallops? Everything You Need to Know," 30 June 2020 Second course was an antipasto platter with housemade charcuterie. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Restaurants Find Hope in Delivering Donated Meals to Hospitals," 30 Mar. 2020 There are also jarred chiles stuffed with tuna and olives for antipasto. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Tempting Pastas and Sauces From Sicily," 30 Mar. 2020 Spring Salads Italian Carrot Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette and Homemade Croutons Deli antipasto meets healthy vegetables in this colorful creation by Michael Fiorelli, executive chef and partner of Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, California. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This March," 26 Feb. 2020 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

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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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“Antipasto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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