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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 of appetizer
1860-1865
1860-65; appetiz(ing) + -er1
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appetizer

/ˈæpɪˌtaɪzə/
noun
1.
a small amount of food or drink taken to stimulate the appetite
2.
any stimulating foretaste
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Word Origin and History for appetizer
n.

"something taken to whet the appetite," 1820, agent noun from appetize.

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