appetizer

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noun ap·pe·tiz·er \ˈa-pə-ˌtī-zər\

Definition of appetizer

  1. 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. 2 :  something that stimulates a desire for more a literary appetizer hoped that the short trip would be an appetizer for longer ones

Origin and Etymology of appetizer

see appetite


First Known Use: 1782


APPETIZER Defined for English Language Learners

appetizer

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noun ap·pe·tiz·er \ˈa-pə-ˌtī-zər\

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

  1. :  a food or drink served before a meal



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