hors d'oeuvre

\ 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

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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 The evening started with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the garden, where students from NOCCA performed, while the speech and three-course dinner was inside. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Pro Bono Publico Foundation marks a year of giving at annual dinner," 17 May 2018 Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Bites Mini watermelon hors d'oeuvres on sticks? Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40 Watermelon Recipes That Are Essential for Summer Barbecues," 22 May 2019 Sample chocolate creations from 25 chefs; also hor d'oeuvres, wine and bourbon, a silent auction and the presentation of the caregiver of the year award. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Things to do around Louisville this week: See Chippendales, George Lopez and more," 24 Jan. 2018 The event offers diners a chance to vote on their favorite hors d'oeuvres. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "2018 Cleveland's Finest Hors D'oeuvre Contest is set," 8 Jan. 2018 Davis hosted a dinner for 26 at her uber-modern River Oaks home, with mint julep lemonade cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by a dinner of shrimp and griz, fress veggies and an assortment of desserts from Canopy. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Lamp, tabletop designer Christopher Spitzmiller visits Houston," 15 May 2018 The menu includes hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner and dessert. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 13 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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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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