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hors d'oeuvre

[awr durv; French awr dœ-vruh] /ɔr ˈdɜrv; French ɔr ˈdœ vrə/
noun, plural hors d'oeuvre, hors d'oeuvres
[awr durvz; French awr dœ-vruh] /ɔr ˈdɜrvz; French ɔr ˈdœ vrə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a preparation of chopped or creamed foods, often served on crackers or small pieces of toast, for eating at cocktail parties or other gatherings where drinks are served with no other food.
2.
an appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as the first course of a meal.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French: outside of the main course
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British Dictionary definitions for hors d'oeuvres

hors d'oeuvre

/ɔː ˈdɜːvr; French ɔr dœvrə/
noun (pl) hors d'oeuvre, hors d'oeuvres (ˈdɜːvr; French) (dœvrə)
1.
an additional dish served as an appetizer, usually before the main meal
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: outside the work, not part of the main course
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Word Origin and History for hors d'oeuvres

hors d'oeuvre

1714, as an adverb, "out of the ordinary," from French hors d'oeuvre, "outside the ordinary courses (of a meal)," literally "apart from the main work," from hors, variant of fors "outside" (from Latin foris; see foreign) + de "from" + oeuvre "work," from Latin opera, (see opus). Meaning "extra dish set out before a meal or between courses" attested in English from 1742.

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