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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Aushak, the dish Djawadi so fondly made with her son, is a luxurious appetizer often served at parties. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 One of the most popular items is the Burger Cigars appetizer. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 The key thing for our appetizers is all are baked, not fried. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Switch to a culinary career was 'simply irresistible' for Waukesha restaurant owner," 6 July 2018 For example, one of our most popular appetizers is grouper bites. Bruce Ingram, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: The Tropics in Winthrop Harbor," 5 July 2018 When guests finish their appetizer, waiters clear the leftovers and remove dirty plates. Nicholas Poblete, miamiherald, "“The Bodyshop Experience” is a dinner show with a twist | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 Our appetizers arrived and were eaten before our server came back to take our entree orders. Anchorage Daily News, "Revamped Crush offers intriguing dining choices in downtown Anchorage," 21 Feb. 2018 Some offer full breakfasts in the morning, heavy appetizers and desserts at night, and premium liquor. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to score luxury travel for less," 29 Oct. 2018 Tickets, which include an appetizer and entree, cost $40. New York Times, "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey! ‘Saved by the Bell’ Now a Restaurant," 8 June 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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The first known use of appetizer was in 1782

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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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