ta·​pe·​nade | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈnäd How to pronounce tapenade (audio) \

Definition of tapenade

: a seasoned spread made chiefly with mashed black olives, capers, and anchovies

Examples of tapenade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spoon about ¼ cup of the tapenade over the tomatoes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 May 2022 Likewise, the Bubby is a riff on the deli classic, in which Cracked’s signature challah bun replaces the bagel as a delivery system for smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onions, caper tapenade and, of course, a fried egg. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Desserts include the likes of bake-at-home snickerdoodle cookies, while snacks come in the form of chickpea crisps with olive tapenade. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2022 Besides wine, the Strange Town stall will sell some favorite menu items packaged to go, such as its tapenade, salad dressings and desserts. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2022 Zesty condiments: Horseradish, spicy mustard, chutney, wasabi paste, salsa, pesto and tapenade can turn any dish from bland to grand. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 Put together a gift basket with some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, including the famous Greek salad dressing, tahini dressing, Greek seasoning blends, olive tapenade and a nice bottle of olive oil. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Or, switch out the mushrooms for other seasonal vegetables; add a rind of Parmesan or some tapenade to flavor and thicken the broth. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 Best of all was the evening’s special ($38), an enormous filet of tender grouper fish cooked to perfection, topped with olive tapenade and served with roast purple potato, heirloom tomatoes and a buttery sauce. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tapenade

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tapenade

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

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13 Jun 2022

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“Tapenade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapenade. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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