Definition of hors d'oeuvre in English:

hors d'oeuvre

noun

  • A small savory dish, typically one served as an appetizer at the beginning of a meal.

    • ‘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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Origin

French, literally ‘outside the work’.

Pronunciation

hors d'oeuvre

/ôr ˈdərv//ɔr ˈdərv/