Definition of hors d'oeuvre in English:

hors d'oeuvre

Pronunciation /ɔː ˈdəːvr(ə)//ɔː ˈdəːv/


  • A small savoury dish, typically one served as an appetizer.

    ‘a trolley laden with fifteen different hors d'oeuvres’
    as modifier ‘a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception’
    • ‘For fewer than eight people, one or two types of hors d'oeuvres are fine.’
    • ‘Some of my favorite food at parties falls under the category of hors d'oeuvres and appetizers.’
    morsel, mouthful, bite, crumb, grain
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French, literally ‘outside the work’.


hors d'oeuvre

/ɔː ˈdəːvr(ə)//ɔː ˈdəːv/