Definition of appetizer in English:


(also appetiser)


  • A small dish of food or a drink taken before a meal or the main course of a meal to stimulate one's appetite.

    figurative ‘as an appetizer to the spectacle approaching, the rocks took on an unusually geometric shape’
    • ‘Along with a rotating selection of appetizers and main courses, every day has its signature dish.’
    • ‘The new menu also includes a variety of soups, salads, appetisers, pasta and bakes and of course, all those pizzas.’
    • ‘The book is divided into chapters according to different types of meals, appetizers, desserts and drinks.’
    • ‘It is a red wine flavoured with cherries and prunes and has a sharp yet very pleasant effect on the palate, at the same time satisfying as an accompaniment to a meal and acting as an appetiser.’
    • ‘The menu has appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, salads and 23 kinds of pizzas.’
    • ‘Combined with soup and appetisers such as kebabs, falafel, and pizzas or tortilla rolls, these can make a meal in themselves.’
    • ‘Our ostensible mission is to find New York's perfect pizza, but the restaurant is a little way off, so we duck into a dumpling bar for an appetiser.’
    • ‘After a moment of contemplation she settled on a salad and appetizers.’
    • ‘The main menu is a simple list - no designations for appetizers, main courses, or sides.’
    • ‘The meal starts with an appetizer of citrus-scented crab salad mounded on cucumber slices.’
    • ‘We started with an appetizer of duck ravioli which sounds scarier than it was.’
    • ‘It was a warming appetiser to the main course of the evening.’
    • ‘They have some more unusual items on their menu, fish curries and even chaat appetizers like bhel puri.’
    • ‘An apéritif is served with small snacks or appetizers before the meal.’
    • ‘Everything was presented with great panache and evening meals were preceded by complimentary canapes and appetisers.’
    • ‘After such vibrant appetizers, some of the more subtle noodle dishes taste a tad subdued.’
    • ‘These dishes were appetizers, and if anything, a few of them seemed a little too light.’
    • ‘We were celebrating our first night on vacation and so we all ordered steaks and our favorite appetizers.’
    • ‘You need only to order the main course and the appetizers, dessert and all drinks are free.’
    • ‘The menu at least held out the promise of a return to familiarity: lots of pasta dishes and pizzas, a generous selection of appetisers and some intriguing main courses.’
    starter, canapé, first course, finger food, titbit, savoury, snack
    hors d'oeuvre, amuse-gueule
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