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 So, does Thomas have a menu in mind, perhaps something along the lines of Dustin Johnson’s appetizer of pigs in a blanket?, "Tiger Woods is being missed at the Masters," 6 Apr. 2021 Look no further than an appetizer of puff pastry twisted with Comté cheese and sesame seeds. Los Angeles Times, "In ‘À Table,’ stylish French recipes for a return to entertaining," 31 Mar. 2021 The June 11 debut date comes with an appetizer: The movie’s trailer was released Friday, showing the star of the film — Dallas’ own Luke Wilson — looking very much like a legendary football coach from the 1930s. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Fort Worth football movie ’12 Mighty Orphans’ is heading to the big screen," 16 Apr. 2021 Exactly four months after they were supposed to meet in what was billed as a possible appetizer for the N.C.A.A. men’s final, Baylor and Gonzaga will settle things once and for all on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Adam Zagoria, New York Times, "What to Watch as Gonzaga Plays Baylor for the N.C.A.A. Men’s Title," 5 Apr. 2021 While creating this appetizer from scratch may be a weekend project, this restaurant-worthy pack heats up in the oven and is ready to serve crispy, oozing goodness in no time. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, "Don’t Even Think About Leaving Publix Without Stocking Up On These Frozen Foods," 19 Mar. 2021 This simple appetizer has tons of flavor with minimal effort. Washington Post, "Feta is having a moment. Jump on the bandwagon with these 5 recipes.," 3 Mar. 2021 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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Appetizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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