ta·​pe·​nade ˌtä-pə-ˈnäd How to pronounce tapenade (audio)
: a seasoned spread made chiefly with mashed black olives, capers, and anchovies

Examples of tapenade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If using, fill blossom with tapenade and fresh mozzarella. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 Try hummus, nut or seed butter, or olive tapenade for antioxidants and healthy fats. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 18 Aug. 2023 The real pièce de résistance, however, is Strawberry Moon, Goodtime’s signature restaurant, serving pan-Mediterranean fare from westerly tapenade to easterly baklava ice cream sandwiches. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 July 2023 Our Test Kitchen likes to serve omelets with olive tapenade, sour cream or Greek yogurt, fresh salsa or Tzatziki sauce; fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, Italian parsley, or fill. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2023 On the dinner menu: Beef, chicken and teriyaki salmon with tapenade as the main courses. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 9 June 2023 Truffles, tapenade, fougasse and aioli grace menus. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 Optional: 2 tablespoons black olive tapenade or 1 cup green or black olives Garnish: Orange zest, parsley, 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced + grated fresh or prepared horseradish • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2023 First, make the tapenade. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History


French tapénade, from Occitan tapenado, from tapeno caper, ultimately from Latin capparis — more at caper entry 3

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tapenade was in 1952

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“Tapenade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapenade. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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