< French phrase à bouche literally, with (a) mouth, said of a notched shield. See bouchée Unabridged


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Word Origin & History

Fr., lit. "mouth" (O.Fr. boche, 11c.), from L. bucca, lit. "cheek," which in L.L. replaced os (see oral) as the word for "mouth" (cf. It. bocca, Sp. boca). Borrowed in English in various senses, e.g. "king's allowance of food for his retinue" (mid-15c.); "mouth" (1580s); "metal
plug for a cannon's vent" (1862; verb in this sense from 1781).
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Example sentences
We were pleased and surprised when an amuse bouche of edamame was brought to the table.
But they're richly wintery and so yummy waiting to amuse your bouche in a mug of hot chocolate.
Our task was to create an amuse-bouche plus three tasting courses.
As a piece of research, this paper more of an amuse-bouche than an entree.
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