ap·​pe·​tiz·​er | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtī-zər How to pronounce appetizer (audio) \

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

Examples of appetizer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another Greek appetizer classic, tzatziki is a refreshing mixture of cool yoghurt, crunchy cucumber, garlic, olive oil and fresh, aromatic mint. John Malathronas, CNN, "Best Greek food: 24 of the tastiest selections," 13 Apr. 2021 It’s an appetizer, with apparent roots in Japanese vegetable carving, designed for a quasi-Australian chain, where it’s consumed by American diners with a boundless affection for morsels pulled from a deep fryer. Washington Post, "4 mashup dishes worth trying in the D.C. area, including pulled-pork pupusas and Chinese burritos," 12 Apr. 2021 Baked Oysters Lovoy, a specialty appetizer originally prepared by the family matriarch, Juliet Lovoy. Mary Colurso |, al, "15 Birmingham restaurants that are gone but not forgotten," 7 Apr. 2021 But love his other touches such as an appetizer combo of pigs in a blanket and lobster and corn fritters., "Five months later, it’s time for another Masters at Augusta National," 3 Apr. 2021 Other dishes: Falafel ($9.99, served with rice and salad) is treated with respect at The New York Grill Express and is more of a full meal than an appetizer. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "One of San Antonio's best Philly cheesesteaks is at The New York Grill Express food truck," 2 Apr. 2021 The normally Italian Modena is serving an appetizer special of tuna crudo with Sakura shoyu, black cherry miso and cherry blossom gelee along with the cocktail Fiore di Kyoto with Suntory Toki whisky, black cherry miso and nigori Junmai sake. Laurie Werner, Forbes, "Visit Washington D.C. Soon: The Cherry Blossoms Are Blooming," 16 Mar. 2021 But as debate still rages on that central question, what is happening right now for bank stocks may be more like an appetizer. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Bank Stocks Are Enjoying the Rate Party, Maybe a Little Too Much," 25 Feb. 2021 Try splitting a main dish with your dining partner, with each ordering a salad or soup for an appetizer. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "6 eating tips for a healthier heart," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Appetizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce appetizer (audio) \

Kids Definition of appetizer

: a food or drink served before a meal

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