canapé

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noun can·a·pé \ˈka-nə-pē, -ˌpā\

Definition of canapé

  1. :  an appetizer consisting of a piece of bread or toast or a cracker topped with a savory spread (such as caviar or cheese) — compare hors d'oeuvre

Origin and Etymology of canapé

French, literally, sofa, from Medieval Latin canopeum, canapeum mosquito net — more at canopy


First Known Use: 1863


CANAPÉ Defined for English Language Learners

canapé

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Definition of canapé for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece of bread or a cracker that has cheese, meat, fish, etc., on top of it and that is often served at a party


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