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 One questionable dish the victims shared in common was the bread and olive oil appetizer. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Popular dishes: Brisket Nachos, Botanas appetizer sampler, Niman Ranch meats and Elote salad. Sips: Premium Mezcal Margarita with reposado, Grand Marnier and agave lime. Find it: 4306 Yoakum Blvd. Robin Soslow, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 But of course, your summer appetizer platter can be so much more. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 18 Apr. 2022 The portobello mushroom appetizer stuns with its rich flavor, and the Smoky Mountain trout and creamy shrimp and grits are also standouts. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Saturday night, the Tobacco Road archrivals offer up this appetizer. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2022 Morfogen’s founding of Brooklyn Dumpling Shop was inspired by his Brooklyn Chop House, a steakhouse that became famous for wrapping many of its appetizer offerings into dumplings. Susan Dunne,, 23 Feb. 2022 In the appetizer round, competitors must pair duck with chocolate and faux deviled eggs make an appearance in the entrée round. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 17 Feb. 2022 Compared to the traditional meat and cheese appetizer boards that dominate your social media feed, s’mores boards are a riff on dessert boards, meant more for assembling than eating the pieces individually. Sunset Magazine, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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Kids Definition of appetizer

: a food or drink served before a meal


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