appetizer

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noun ap·pe·tiz·er \ ˈa-pə-ˌtī-zər \

Definition of appetizer

1 :a food or drink that stimulates the appetite and is usually served before a meal
  • The appetizers included shrimp with cocktail sauce, vegetables and dips, cheeses, and fruits.
2 :something that stimulates a desire for more
  • a literary appetizer
  • hoped that the short trip would be an appetizer for longer ones

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Origin and Etymology of appetizer


APPETIZER Defined for English Language Learners

appetizer

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Definition of appetizer for English Language Learners

  • : a small dish of food served before the main part of a meal


APPETIZER Defined for Kids

appetizer

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noun ap·pe·tiz·er \ ˈa-pə-ˌtī-zər \

Definition of appetizer for Students

:a food or drink served before a meal


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