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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 of antipasto
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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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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