can·​a·​pé ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canapé (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Stone weighed in for the appetizer and a surprise canape course, while Cimarusti judged the entrée and dessert dishes. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2021 Stone Bank Farm is offering a farm-fresh, three-course take-home dinner for two, with heating and plating instructions, a canape and chocolate mousse dessert. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2021 While the selection includes some meat, such as a bacon-strawberry sandwich and a prosciutto-cranberry canape, Malaya can make substitutions for vegetarians. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2021 Traditionally entertainment is always light, like a canape or a quick lunch that’s low on transfat. Raven Smith, Vogue, 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, 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, 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, 23 Mar. 2020 The evening kicked off with cocktails and canapes accompanied by skillful tunes from the SFJazz High School All-Stars. Catherine Bigelow,, 4 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of canapé was circa 1750

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“Canapé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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