finger food


Definition of finger food

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

Examples of finger food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like that loungewear, this plate is pure elegance and ease, a finger food of crisp endive spears cradling succulent crab salad. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Inside, guests enjoyed a spread of finger food and cocktails before retreating to their seats for UNICEF’s version of dinner and a movie. Jamila Stewart, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2021 There will be a Commander’s Veterans Day speech and finger food for veterans and their families. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Nov. 2021 The game is suitable for all ages and is BYO-refreshments and finger food., 22 Oct. 2021 Technology has had a great impact and the last year has hit reality: People have adjusted to eating on sidewalks, re-warmed food delivered after one hour, popularization of practical food and finger food. John Mariani, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Easy-to-grab finger food will keep energy up for the next round of charades. Janine Puhak,, 8 Aug. 2021 If not, the pieces could be placed in a small container as finger food. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Elegant and simple, cold chicken is easy-to-serve finger food that's picnic-perfect for hazy, lazy summer fun. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021

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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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29 Dec 2021

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“Finger food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of finger food

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

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