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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All three restaurants will offer diners two choices of appetizer, entree and dessert. 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 25. Carolina Gusman,, "Local eateries cool the summer heat with chillin' specials during National Ice Cream month," 12 July 2018 The popular Moxie serves main dishes including steak, fish and pasta, appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Moxie owners will open Trouble and Sons pizzeria in Whitefish Bay," 9 July 2018 The night of networking will feature appetizers, games, prizes, and a photo booth. Allison Hagan,, "Business agenda," 9 July 2018 More stories: Bar Louie, founded in downtown Chicago in 1990, is an American-fare eatery offering appetizers, flatbreads, salads, burgers, sandwiches and full course entrees. Steven Pepple, Detroit Free Press, "Bar Louie to open in former Blackfinn pub in downtown Royal Oak," 9 July 2018 His mastery of duck is also demonstrated in another appetizer, foie gras parfait ($24). Michael Bauer,, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Other eats Silky housemade ricotta cheese was a highlight of the Mangia! appetizer ($8). Lauren Delgado,, "Garp & Fuss: Murky menu, lovely location," 6 July 2018 Fat Tuesday This Mardi Gras-themed restaurant serves pizza, panini, salads and appetizers, along with a wide selection of blended daiquiris. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "New restaurants in Phoenix in June have standout burgers, Mexican food, pizza," 1 July 2018 But more than just a Pixar appetizer, the short is a whimsical love letter to mothers as well as food. Tracy Brown,, "How 'Bao' director Domee Shi stayed true to her 'weird' idea and created a specifically Asian story," 16 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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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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