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appetizer

[ap-i-tahy-zer] /ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zər/
noun
1.
a small portion of a food or drink served before or at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the desire to eat.
2.
any small portion that stimulates a desire for more or that indicates more is to follow:
The first game was an appetizer to a great football season.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; appetiz(ing) + -er1
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Examples for appetizer
  • Full of fresh, green flavors, these wraps can be a light appetizer or a meal.
  • For example, sushi, which is offered in one appetizer at each meal.
  • Start off your meal with an appetizer such as chicken satay, fried tofu with peanut sauce or a hearty serving of duck noodle soup.
  • Raw green peppers can be eaten plain as a snack or an appetizer, and sliced or chopped to add to salads.
  • Serve in appetizer portions with chips, or drain well and pile onto chips to make canapés.
  • Hardboiled eggs cut in half and topped with salmon caviar are a common appetizer.
  • With some rustic sourdough bread, it made a delicious appetizer for our dinner.
  • There are appetizer restaurants, and entree restaurants.
  • Dress up these cakes with salsa and sour cream and serve as an appetizer.
  • It's fun, but relatively understated and surprisingly clinical, a mere appetizer to the feast ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for appetizer

appetizer

/ˈæpɪˌtaɪzə/
noun
1.
a small amount of food or drink taken to stimulate the appetite
2.
any stimulating foretaste
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Encyclopedia Article for appetizer

food eaten to pique the appetite or to moderate the hunger stimulated by drink. Cocktails, especially aperitifs, the characteristic "dryness" of which allegedly stimulates the appetite, are customarily served with appetizers. Hors d'oeuvres, small portions of savoury foods, often highly seasoned, and canapes, small pieces of bread, crackers, or croutons with various toppings, are the classic appetizer categories

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