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antipasto

[an-ti-pah-stoh, -pas-toh; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-taw] /ˌæn tɪˈpɑ stoʊ, -ˈpæs toʊ; Italian ˌɑn tiˈpɑs tɔ/
noun, plural antipastos, antipasti
[an-ti-pah-stee, -pas-tee; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-tee] /ˌæn tɪˈpɑ sti, -ˈpæs ti; Italian ˌɑn tiˈpɑs ti/ (Show IPA).
Italian Cookery.
1.
a course of appetizers consisting of an assortment of foods, as olives, anchovies, sliced sausage, peppers, and artichoke hearts.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Italian, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + pasto food < Latin pāstus pasturage, feeding ground, orig. the act of feeding, equivalent to pās- stem of pāscere to feed + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the web for antipasto
  • Diners looking for a light snack can choose from the antipasto bar, the cheese selections or the house-made cured meats.
  • The antipasto of spider crab salad was shredded crabmeat replaced in its large red and white shell.
  • They serve cauliflower with anchovy sauce and capers as part of an antipasto spread or as a side dish with meat or fish.
  • The chapters follow the course of a meal, from antipasto to dessert.
  • Some of the best antipasto in town is served here, and all the salads are delicious fare and freshly made.
British Dictionary definitions for antipasto

antipasto

/ˌæntɪˈpɑːstəʊ; -ˈpæs-/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
a course of hors d'oeuvres in an Italian meal
Word Origin
Italian: before food
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Word Origin and History for antipasto
n.

1934, from Italian antipasto, from anti- "before" (see ante) + pasto "food," from Latin pascere "to feed" (see pastor). Earlier anglicized as antepast (1590).

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Encyclopedia Article for antipasto

in Italian cuisine, a first course or appetizer (q.v.). In the home, cured or smoked meats and sausages, olives, salted anchovies, sardines, fresh or pickled vegetables, shellfish, peppers, and cheeses are favoured, while restaurant presentations add to these elaborate prepared dishes such as seafood salads, stuffed mushrooms, vitello tonnato (cold braised veal in tuna mayonnaise), and the like

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