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

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Bistronomic will serve brunch with an appetizer and entree for $27 with an option to add bottomless mimosas for $41. Grace Wong,, "Steak, brunch, whiskey and more Father's Day specials at Chicago area restaurants," 11 June 2018 This crowd-pleasing appetizer is best paired with maple syrup. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Sausage Pops," 8 Mar. 2019 Marinating bacon in wing sauce is a game-changer, and this easy appetizer is proof. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Bacon Lettuce Cups," 16 Aug. 2018 From June through October, the First Friday Food Truck Festival in the Old National Centre parking lot offers a perfect pre-art appetizer. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Reward members who spend $10 daily get a free milkshake on Monday; a free Tavern burger on Tuesday; a free kids entree on Wednesday; a free dessert on Thursday; and free a free appetizer on Friday-Sunday at participating locations. Doreen Christensen,, "A week of freebies at Red Robin for customer appreciation week," 25 June 2018 Creamy new-crop potatoes deserve a little appreciation before they’re sent off to root cellars, and Mr. Hardy built a fine appetizer around them with leggy broccoli sprouts and melting chunks of fresh mozzarella spiked with anchovy. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 Get a chile relleno appetizer to begin, lightly fried and swimming in a tomato chipotle sauce, with two little buds of sour cream on top. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local on Newbury Street," 19 June 2018 Three come in an order, but one is plenty as a proper appetizer. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Black Board Bar B Q," 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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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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