hors d'oeuvre


plural hors d'oeuvres also hors d'oeuvre ȯr-ˈdərv(z) How to pronounce hors d'oeuvre (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Hors d'oeuvre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hors%20d%27oeuvre. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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hors d'oeuvre

plural hors d'oeuvres also hors d'oeuvre -ˈdərv(z) How to pronounce hors d'oeuvre (audio)
: any of various tasty foods usually served as appetizers

from French hors-d'œuvre "appetizers," from the phrase hors d'œuvre, literally, "outside of work"

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