finger food


Definition of finger food

: a food that is to be held with the fingers for eating

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Recent Examples on the Web On top of being a great finger food, the smell and crunch of a pickle are irresistible. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Pickles, disappearing fish and amusement parks: 10 topics Curious Texas explored in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 On top of being a great finger food, Collette said, a pickle is similar to popcorn. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Why are pickles sold at the movies? Curious Texas investigates," 24 Nov. 2020 Of course, there’s more than one kind of pumpkin finger food in the freezer section, but these pumpkin empanadas are better for dessert with their sweet pumpkin filling and flaky crust. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "30+ Trader Joe's Items That Are Perfect for Fall," 17 Oct. 2020 This crowd-pleasing appetizer can be plated with the greens as a sit-down first course or served without greens as stand-up finger food. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "25 Shrimp Recipes We’d Krill For (Sorry for the Pun, but They’re That Good)," 9 Oct. 2020 Other trends include simpler recipes, recipes with fewer ingredients, one-pot meals, sheet-pan meals, finger food and pantry-ingredient recipes. Katie Workman,, "From quick shortcuts to slow cookers, how we’re eating now," 24 Sep. 2020 So why not throw yet another tradition to the wind this year and put together a meal of really fun finger food instead! Beth Segal, cleveland, "Nine ingredients, ten recipes, and a handful of toothpicks add up to pre-holiday prep with ease and panache," 24 Sep. 2020 Opening-night parties with wine and finger food are a thing of the past. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities galleries cautiously open their doors: 'We have to be ready for anything'," 14 Aug. 2020 Each wine arrives with a little bit of finger food, prepared by chef Jamil Peden. Esther Mobley,, "Flowers Vineyards just opened a stunning new tasting room in Healdsburg. Could it become the Scribe," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of finger food

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finger food was in 1893

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15 Jan 2021

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“Finger food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of finger food

US : a piece of food that is meant to be picked up with the fingers and eaten

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