Definition of hors d'oeuvre in English:

hors d'oeuvre


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

    • ‘Some of my favorite food at parties falls under the category of hors d'oeuvres and appetizers.’
    • ‘For fewer than eight people, one or two types of hors d'oeuvres are fine.’


Mid 18th century: French, literally outside the work.


hors d'oeuvre

/ôr ˈdərv/