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smorgasbord

[smawr-guh s-bawrd, -bohrd or, often, shmawr-] /ˈsmɔr gəsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd or, often, ˈʃmɔr-/
noun
1.
a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.
2.
an extensive array or variety:
The company has a smorgasbord of employee benefits.
Also, smörgåsbord
[Swedish smœr-gaws-boord] /Swedish ˈsmœr gɔsˌburd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < Swedish smörgsbord, equivalent to smörgs sandwich + bord table
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smorgasbord

/ˈsmɔːɡəsˌbɔːd; ˈsmɜː-/
noun
1.
a variety of cold or hot savoury dishes, such as pâté, smoked salmon, etc, served in Scandinavia as hors d'oeuvres or as a buffet meal
Word Origin
Swedish, from smörgås sandwich + bord table
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Word Origin and History for smorgasbord's

smorgasbord

n.

1893, from Swedish smörgåsbord "open sandwich table," literally "butter-goose table," from smörgås, which is said to mean "bread and butter," but is compounded from smör "butter" (see smear (n.)) and gås, literally "goose" (and from the same Germanic root that yielded English goose (n.)), which is said by OED to have a secondary meaning of "a clump (of butter)." The final element is bord "table," from Proto-Germanic *burdam "plank, board, table" (see board (n.1)). Figurative sense of "medley, miscellany" is recorded from 1948.

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smorgasbord

in Swedish cuisine, buffet offering a variety of fish, cheeses, and hot and cold dishes. In the country districts of Sweden, it was customary for guests to contribute to the fare at large gatherings. The foods were set out on long tables from which the diners helped themselves. By the 18th century, festive meals were preceded by appetizers from a bannvinsbord, offering aquavit, herring, and other delicacies.

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