hors d'oeuvre

noun
\ ȯr-ˈdərv How to pronounce hors d'oeuvre (audio) \
plural hors d'oeuvres also hors d'oeuvre\ ȯr-​ˈdərv(z) How to pronounce hors d'oeuvre (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the '70s, flying Pan Am from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Tokyo meant starting with cocktails like a Manhattan or whiskey sour, followed by hors d'oeuvres, teriyaki steak or chicken, rice and dessert. Natalie B. Compton, chicagotribune.com, "The Golden Age of airplane food is over; the future is snacks, sustainability," 21 Oct. 2019 Case in point: When mother finally gives birth to their first child, Him lets his admirers pass it around like a platter of hors d'oeuvres. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "13 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes," 31 Oct. 2019 Saturday, July 13: Jukebox in Cleveland will hold Records & Rosé 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the patio-wine-tasting, which will include eight tasting tickets and light hors d'oeuvres. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Stan Hywet debuts Off the Vine, Pinstripes offers $1 wine, more," 2 July 2019 For starters, this adults-only train ride comes with delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and two complimentary glasses of wine. Marlisse Cepeda, Country Living, "7 Christmas Train Rides That Will Make Your Holidays Merrier," 10 Sep. 2019 Cocktail hour followed, improved by the chef's hors d'oeuvres. Dallas News, "Ranch at Emerald Valley keeps traditions alive in Colorado," 20 Aug. 2019 There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, tea and coffee. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March anniversary brings a sense of wonderment: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Mar. 2018 Admission is free, though VIP packages (including hors d'oeuvres, drinks and meet-and-greets) are available for $50. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin: A year after death, she remains larger than life," 16 Aug. 2019 The actual wedding ceremony took place at Château du Martinet in Carpentras, according to E!. The guests had cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the venue while the bride and groom's families took photos. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas's Private French Wedding: All of the Behind-the-Scenes Details," 1 July 2019

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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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26 Nov 2019

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“Hors d'oeuvre.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hors%20d%27oeuvre. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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hors d'oeuvre

noun
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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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