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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Their exclusive dinner menu offers multiple options for your appetizer, entree, side, and dessert. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "18 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year," 16 Oct. 2018 Figure on $13 to $16 for appetizers, $20 to $30 for entrees. Michael Klein,, "Aether, an offshoot of popular Princeton restaurants, to put the fish in Fishtown," 13 July 2018 Prices: Start at $4 for sides, $5 for soup, $8 for salads, $9 for appetizers, $14 for Cajun Chicken Pasta, $22 for Yellow Perch, $23 for sirloin, pork chops at $25, filet mignon at $29 and bottles of rose at $40. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake," 9 July 2018 Her work with Estrada produced a menu that begins with appetizers: beef or chicken nachos, three-cheese quesadilla, queso and chips, street corn with queso fresco, and guacamole. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Dream Tacos TX," 7 June 2018 The memorial service is at 6:00 pm followed by a celebration of Terry with light appetizers and refreshments at Baldwin Fairchild. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 4/6," 6 Apr. 2018 But generally speaking, keep an eye out for menus with petite appetizers or mid-sized mains., "How to eat out during Portland Dining Month like a pro," 26 Feb. 2018 Pick a place for drinks and/or appetizers, then a place for entrees, then another place for desserts. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: How do I make Valentine's Day more unique?," 5 Feb. 2018 At night, start things off with appetizers and glasses of wine from the Idaho-heavy wine list, or go for one of the inventive specialty cocktails. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa shines in its new lofty digs," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of appetizer

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appetizer

see appetite

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English Language Learners Definition of appetizer

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


ap·​pe·​tiz·​er | \ˈa-pə-ˌtī-zər \

Kids Definition of appetizer

: a food or drink served before a meal

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