plural amuse-bouches also amuses-bouches ə-ˈmyüz-büsh How to pronounce amuse-bouche (audio)
ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh How to pronounce amuse-bouche (audio)
: a small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants

Word History


French, literally, (it) entertains (the) mouth

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amuse-bouche was in 1959


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“Amuse-bouche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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