can·​a·​pé | \ ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canapé (audio) , -ˌpā \

Definition of canapé

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally entertainment is always light, like a canape or a quick lunch that’s low on transfat. Raven Smith, Vogue, "Kanye for President? The Real Danger of a Distracting Campaign," 9 July 2020 Every stay comes with three hours of spa treatments per day and a private fitness trainer, along with sundown cocktails and canapes. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Prom is canceled, too -- so the budget that would've covered the photo booths, catered canapes, DJ and dance floor has gone to waste. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Why teens may never be the same after the pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020 Fundraisers have gone from cocktails and canapes with dozens of donors to e-mail, snail mail and video solicitations for campaign cash from candidates. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Campaigning in the era of coronavirus is bound to change the face of elections forever," 23 Mar. 2020 The evening kicked off with cocktails and canapes accompanied by skillful tunes from the SFJazz High School All-Stars. Catherine Bigelow,, "SFJazz Gala sings the praises of Mavis Staples," 4 Feb. 2020 Guests board a fleet of luxury buses, where they are offered champagne and canapes on the way to Maker's Mark Distillery. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Who run the world? This Louisville culinary program proves it's female chefs," 22 Oct. 2019 After the service, the newlyweds departed by horse and carriage, and guests returned to Coral Beach Club for champagne, signature cocktails by mixologists from The Twisted Spoon, and canapes under the tent. Vogue, "The Bride Arrived By Horse and Carriage at This Wedding in Bermuda," 13 Aug. 2019 Later this afternoon you will be met by a Longitude 131 guide and travel into the World Heritage listed National Park to view the sunset over Uluru while enjoying drinks canapes. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of canapé

circa 1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canapé

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

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“Canapé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of canapé

: 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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