hors d'oeuvre

\ ȯr-ˈdərv \
plural hors d'oeuvres also hors d'oeuvre\ȯr-ˈdərv(z) \

Definition of hors d'oeuvre 

: any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers

Examples of hors d'oeuvre in a Sentence

a tray of assorted hors d'oeuvres

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The evening will include island music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and tropical concoctions, along with wine and beer. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Barton Senior Center benefit is a Caribbean cocktail party: A Place in the Sun," 15 May 2018 Thursday: Celebrating Capitol Theatre's 97th Birthday at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and a birthday cake; film at 7 p.m. $20. Mark Rapp, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Silver listings for April 27-May 3: "The Sax Man" at Cleveland Cinemas' Tower City Cinemas & More," 26 Apr. 2018 VIP Grand Tasting: Includes early entry to the event at noon, access to the VIP lounge with tastings of premium wines and hors d'oeuvres, VIP rest rooms and everything that's included in the Grand Tasting ticket. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Tickets on sale now: Wine & Food Experience returns to Campus Martius on Sept. 15," 2 July 2018 The evening kicked off with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Crescent and Heritage gardens where guests mingled amid blooming flowers, sparkling fountains and lush greenery. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Botanic Garden's Summer Dinner Dance: Fundraising for a living museum," 26 June 2018 Attendees will enjoy champagne, beer, wine, specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres accompanied by light jazz entertainment. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018 Hop aboard the East Troy Electric Railroad May 26 and enjoy a 2.5-hour ride with hors d'oeuvres and beer tastings. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brat Fest, Beer Tasting Train and more to do around Wisconsin," 20 May 2018 Michalopoulos' Old New Orleans Rum Distillery set up a rum tasting station, which provided an alternative to wine and other libations to pair with hors d'oeuvres and the three-course dinner. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Parkway Promenade raises funds to beautify Jefferson Parish," 22 Apr. 2018 Guests sampled a generous assortment of wines and beers or nibbled on hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Rotary Club Celebrates Anniversary," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hors d'oeuvre

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hors d'oeuvre

French hors-d'œuvre, literally, outside of the work

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The first known use of hors d'oeuvre was in 1714

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English Language Learners Definition of hors d'oeuvre

: a food served in small portions before the main part of a meal

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