antipasto

[an-ti-pah-stoh, -pas-toh; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-taw]
noun, plural antipastos, antipasti [an-ti-pah-stee, -pas-tee; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-tee] . Italian Cookery.
a course of appetizers consisting of an assortment of foods, as olives, anchovies, sliced sausage, peppers, and artichoke hearts.

Origin:
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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antipasto (ˌæntɪˈpɑːstəʊ, -ˈpæs-)
 
n , pl -tos
a course of hors d'oeuvres in an Italian meal
 
[Italian: before food]

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antipasto
1934, from It., from anti- "before" (see ante) + pasto "food." Earlier Anglicized as antepast (1590).
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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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Example sentences
Diners looking for a light snack can choose from the antipasto bar, the cheese selections or the house-made cured meats.
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.
The antipasto of spider crab salad was shredded crabmeat replaced in its large red and white shell.
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