One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping, often served with drinks at a reception or formal party.
starter, first course, finger food, titbit, savoury, snackView synonyms
- ‘The room was full of people talking, drinking, plucking canapés from the silver trays of passing waiters.’
- ‘But instead of resorting to the sort of supermarket canapés that are served with inevitable monotony at so many parties, why not opt for home-made nibbles, which also work out far cheaper.’
- ‘We were waited on hand and foot, served from silver salvers with tasty canapés and our glasses were never empty.’
- ‘I was busy preparing canapés all day in preparation for the launch party, but I found the time to get my hair done, so I looked half presentable.’
- ‘And then he plies me with a series of divine canapés, and some extremely good champagne.’
- ‘So when the mini fish pies and smoked duck canapés arrived, I was positively gasping for a glass of bubbly.’
- ‘Pre-dinner drinks outside are always welcome, though, weather-permitting, and this is also the time to serve up some substantial canapés - this means that dinner can be delayed if the sun is still up.’
- ‘Entrées, affordably priced between $1.50 and $5.75, include your standard imperial, spring or egg rolls, as well as dumplings and shrimp canapés.’
- ‘Aperitifs and canapés in the Cedar Room and post-prandial drinks in the gazebo on the lawn should not be missed.’
- ‘You may think that canapés are perfectly nice little mouthfuls of harmless kitsch, and what's the difference between a canapé in the hand or a starter on the plate.’
- ‘In addition, the conventioneers consumed 2,500 smoked salmon canapés, nine roast steamships of beef and nine honey-glazed hams.’
- ‘A stewardess, having given the officials canapés, asked whether she should serve them to the players.’
- ‘Sitting by the pool in the balmy evening air, we enjoyed delicious drinks and canapés.’
- ‘We had private access to a new exhibition in the museum followed by a champagne & canapé reception all served by excellent staff in a magnificently decorated pair of rooms.’
- ‘A number of artists and sculptors will be present and wine and canapés will be served throughout the evening to the accompaniment of gentle jazz music.’
- ‘The company would assemble round this table, propose toasts, clink glasses, down the first glass of vodka in a gulp, and quickly follow it with a bite of herring or a caviar canapé.’
- ‘From the canapés with our pre-dinner drink to the petits-fours served with coffee in the lounge, nothing could be faulted.’
- ‘Tickets cost £5 which includes a champagne reception with canapés and a raffle.’
- ‘Diners will be treated to scrumptious canapés and cocktails at the first hotel after which they will board a coach and travel to the next hotel for starters.’
- ‘Champagne will be served at midnight, followed by canapés at 1 a.m.’
2A sofa, especially a decorative French antique.
- ‘She is seated at ease on a comfortable canapé.’
- ‘Many different types of couches exist; popular types include the divan. the chaise longue, the canapé or the ottoman.’
French, canapé (sense 1) being a figurative extension of the sense ‘sofa’ (as a ‘couch’ on which to place toppings). See also canopy.
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