Definition of appetizer in US English:

appetizer

(British appetiser)

noun

  • 1A small dish of food or a drink taken before a meal or the main course of a meal to stimulate one's appetite.

    ‘the meal started off with an assortment of appetizers including mini egg rolls and fried mozzarella’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were celebrating our first night on vacation and so we all ordered steaks and our favorite appetizers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have some more unusual items on their menu, fish curries and even chaat appetizers like bhel puri.’
    • ‘The main menu is a simple list - no designations for appetizers, main courses, or sides.’
    • ‘The menu has appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, salads and 23 kinds of pizzas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a warming appetiser to the main course of the evening.’
    • ‘After such vibrant appetizers, some of the more subtle noodle dishes taste a tad subdued.’
    • ‘The new menu also includes a variety of soups, salads, appetisers, pasta and bakes and of course, all those pizzas.’
    • ‘Combined with soup and appetisers such as kebabs, falafel, and pizzas or tortilla rolls, these can make a meal in themselves.’
    • ‘The meal starts with an appetizer of citrus-scented crab salad mounded on cucumber slices.’
    • ‘These dishes were appetizers, and if anything, a few of them seemed a little too light.’
    • ‘You need only to order the main course and the appetizers, dessert and all drinks are free.’
    • ‘After a moment of contemplation she settled on a salad and appetizers.’
    • ‘Along with a rotating selection of appetizers and main courses, every day has its signature dish.’
    • ‘Everything was presented with great panache and evening meals were preceded by complimentary canapes and appetisers.’
    • ‘We started with an appetizer of duck ravioli which sounds scarier than it was.’
    • ‘The book is divided into chapters according to different types of meals, appetizers, desserts and drinks.’
    • ‘An apéritif is served with small snacks or appetizers before the meal.’
    starter, canapé, first course, finger food, titbit, savoury, snack
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    1. 1.1 Something that arouses or increases anticipation for what is to follow.
      ‘the afternoon games served as an appetizer for the evening's heavyweight clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich’

Pronunciation

appetizer

/ˈæpəˌtaɪzər//ˈapəˌtīzər/