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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 This is great as an appetizer or as a topper for an English muffin or toast. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Sesame Pork Roast; Smoked Salmon Spread; Gingered Squash Soup; Cabbage Salad With Spicy Lime Vinaigrette," 30 Sep. 2020 After shopping, Salisha Rigsbee, Chelsey Richardson and Marquelle Blassingame stopped by The Cheesecake Factory in Peoria near 83rd Avenue and Bell Road for an appetizer and drinks to celebrate Blassingame's birthday. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "3 women say Cheesecake Factory manager racially profiled them, accused them of stealing," 21 Sep. 2020 Edidong had a sushi appetizer and General Tso’s shrimp from Koi Asian Cuisine, and chardonnay. Washington Post, "Date Lab: We didn’t know they had this in common," 24 Sep. 2020 Crawford prepared a 4-course meal for the occasion, starting with a creole crab cake served over arugula and topped with her homemade remoulade sauce as the appetizer. Rod Walker,, "Sean Payton, Jadeveon Clowney meeting had pinch of Louisiana flavor with Slidell native Chef Ash," 7 Sep. 2020 These finger sandwiches make a perfect light and refreshing lunch or ideal appetizer for your next gathering. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Cucumber and Radish Finger Sandwiches," 16 Sep. 2020 While not permanent menu items, salade lyonnaise with frisee, bacon bits, croutons and a poached egg, along with wood oven-baked escargot with garlic and parsley butter, have guest appetizer spots on the food roster. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Bistro 555 restaurant set to open in former Bistro Provence space," 14 Sep. 2020 This versatile dish can be an appetizer or light meal, served at room temperature or warm. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Spanish Tortilla," 11 Sep. 2020 The beer cheese is also available as an appetizer, paired with Frisch’s new pretzel sticks. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Frisch’s Big Boy new burger is made for Oktoberfest lovers," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

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“Appetizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appetizer

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


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Kids Definition of appetizer

: a food or drink served before a meal

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