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 apartment was grand, the hors d'oeuvres (newborn potatoes stuffed with beluga) delicious, the champagne (Krug) intoxicating, and the guest list glittering. Gully Wells, Town & Country, "Elegant Expletives: A Socialite's Guide to the F-Bomb," 7 Aug. 2014 There will be special guests, music, drinks and party hors d'oeuvres. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: ‘Floaters’ convene at Community Center for their most recent happy hour," 9 Apr. 2018 Admission includes access to all activities, two drink tickets, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Get your 'boo' on this week at these wickedly good Halloween events in Louisville," 24 Oct. 2017 This event recognizes a student's ability to prepare cold dishes such as salads, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, canapes, pates and terrines. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Polaris Baking and Pastry Arts students shine at state competition: Strong Points," 13 May 2018 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

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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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