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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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 The Edge hosts poolside parties with floating cocktails and canapes; Point Pool is outfitted with chaises and cabanas; and the Meandering Pool is for those staying in swim-out suites. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "After Hurricane Irma, St. Martin resorts have rebuilt to become bigger and better," 2 July 2019 Bernardus Lodge Rosé Soiree: Noon-2 p.m. June 22, Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Enjoy rosé wines, canapes, a seafood bar and seasonal fresh desserts. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "5 fab rosé festivals in Napa, Sonoma wine country this summer," 3 June 2019 More: Harry and Meghan's royal wedding reception: Tasty canapes, toasts and Elton John The charities The couple asked that charitable donations be made in lieu of wedding gifts. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored Princess Diana at their wedding," 19 May 2018 Leaving guests standing around at the end of a long day nursing cocktails and nibbling on liliputian canapes (however delicious) only leaves them famished and restless. Susan Fales-hill, Town & Country, "Whatever Happened to Arriving on Time for a Dinner Party?," 28 Oct. 2016 The gala commenced in typical fashion: cocktails and canapes, a McCalls three-course dinner and live art auction rife with cool lots corralled by Carla Crane and swiftly sold by auctioneer Greg Quiroga. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley art patrons celebrate 10 years with Larry Rinder," 29 May 2018 Buffet-style Thanksgiving meal featuring shrimp and andouille gumbo, Hot Brown canapes, shrimp cocktail, Jonah crab claws, oysters on the half shell, house‑baked breads and a variety of mixed green and salads. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to do? Try one of more than 50 events in Louisville," 22 Nov. 2017

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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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The first known use of canapé was circa 1750

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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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