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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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

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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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