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[ap-i-tahy-zer] /ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zər/
a small portion of a food or drink served before or at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the desire to eat.
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
1860-65; appetiz(ing) + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web 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


a small amount of food or drink taken to stimulate the appetite
any stimulating foretaste
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Word Origin and History for appetizer

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

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