appetizer

noun
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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The menu also sports sandwiches, a gyro, salads and appetizers, as well as a rotating special. oregonlive.com, "West Coast Grocery fights to right ship after rough launch: Portland Breweries Series," 7 June 2019 The menu includes appetizers and salads, as well as pizza. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Thick, cheesy Detroit style pizza coming to Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine," 6 June 2019 Lunch starts at $5 for bartender soup of the day, $8 for appetizers, $10 for salads, and $12 for sandwiches and entrees. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Goblin & the Grocer serves ‘Midwest small plates’ and boutique wine," 5 June 2019 Diners may select an appetizer, entrée and a side or dessert. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "21 - and counting - summer 2019 dining deals in New Orleans," 5 June 2019 Class Eventi served an Italian feast that included scallops and burrata as appetizers, followed by a pasta course of ravioli stuffed with zucchini flowers and spinach, and tagliolini with black truffle and toma cheese. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Cost is $40 per person, including appetizers and two drinks. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Women authors celebrated at AAUW event," 5 July 2018 Celebrate with all night happy hour from 3:30 to 11 p.m. Specials include $6 appetizers, $6 signature tropical cocktails, $4 draft beers, $3 select beers by the bottle and $1 off glasses of wine. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 At Zisters, the brunch menu includes some appetizers to share, including beignets ($7) and an acai bowl with granola. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brunch restaurant Zisters in Elm Grove sets its opening for June 7," 29 May 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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appetizer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of appetizer

: a small dish of food served before the main part of a meal

appetizer

noun
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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