Definition of main course in English:

main course


  • 1The most substantial course of a meal.

    ‘it is vital to have a light first course and pud on either side of a heavy main course’
    • ‘There are no pork dishes as a main course and the fish soup is made without shellfish.’
    • ‘She promptly ordered a tuna steak for her main course while I busied myself with the wine list.’
    • ‘We decided to choose a three-course meal, including a main course from the carvery, for £18 each.’
    • ‘If our starters were a splendid beginning to our meal, the main courses were even better.’
    • ‘Meat and fish main courses were exemplary and made imaginative use of local ingredients.’
    • ‘There were also extremely long intervals between individual salads and main courses and the desserts also took an inexplicably long time to arrive.’
    • ‘By the end, you'll have mastered one starter, two pasta dishes, two main courses and one dessert.’
    • ‘The Thai entrées include main courses, desserts and vegetarian meals, with the calorie count identified on each package.’
    • ‘The restaurant serves antipasto dishes and main courses with pasta or risotto.’
    • ‘In fact different kinds of bread made in different ways accompanied the main course at meals.’
    • ‘The variety of food is extremely wide - from salads, cold and hot starters and pizzas to main courses of lamb, pork, chicken, or fish.’
    • ‘We have a huge range of dishes, from appetisers to soups, to main courses, European dishes and side orders.’
    • ‘The main courses that anchor the meal can be divided into a variety of types in addition to the simple grills and roasts that are as popular in Mexico as anywhere else.’
    • ‘Add a rice vegetable salad to round out the main course and top off the meal with an irresistible chocolate dessert.’
    • ‘In addition to all the standard pizza and pasta dishes, there were main courses of veal, lamb, chicken, pork and beef to choose from, plus fish dishes and even grills.’
    • ‘The darker evenings have succeeded in pointing me towards more substantial main courses, deeper flavours and a bit of long, slow cooking at the weekend.’
    • ‘You cannot eat Boston cream pie as your main course and then have lettuce for dessert and claim you are on a diet!’
    • ‘They will be making lemon pepper chicken for the main course and banana and lemon cake for the dessert.’
    • ‘The dishes will then be delivered at home five times a day, which includes main courses, drinks, vegetables, fruit, dim sum and Chinese herbs.’
    • ‘I had four starters, five main courses, one vegetable dish, two accompaniments and two desserts.’
    main dish, main meal
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  • 2The mainsail of a square-rigged sailing ship.

    • ‘Once the size of the main course was set, the sizes of the other sails followed, graded according to the mast and height above deck.’
    • ‘The yard arm could carry a maximum of 30 men so the size of the largest sail (the Main Course) was limited to the weight that could be lifted by 30 men working together on the main yard.’