appetizer

/ap"i tuy'zeuhr/, n.
1. a small portion of a food or drink served before or at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the desire to eat.
2. any small portion that stimulates a desire for more or that indicates more is to follow: The first game was an appetizer to a great football season.
[1860-65; APPETIZ(ING) + -ER1]

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      food eaten to pique the appetite or to moderate the hunger stimulated by drink. Cocktails, especially apéritifs, the characteristic “dryness” of which allegedly stimulates the appetite, are customarily served with appetizers. Hors d'oeuvres, small portions of savoury foods, often highly seasoned, and canapés, small pieces of bread, crackers, or croutons with various toppings, are the classic appetizer categories.

      The Scandinavian smorgasbord, Spanish tapas, Greek meze, Egyptian mazza, and Russian zakuska are all elaborate appetizer displays offering many dishes, with traditional beverage counterpoints, e.g., vodka or sherry. Many cuisines offer a mixed hors d'oeuvre, of which the Italian antipasto may be the best-known, made up of such foods as olives, nuts, cheese, sausage, peppers, fish, raw vegetables, and eggs. Crudités are raw or barely cooked vegetables, often served with a dip or sauce.

      Because appetizers are intended to be provocative, they enable the diner to enjoy foods that are too pronounced in taste or too rich to be eaten in larger quantities.

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  • Appetizer — Ap pe*ti zer, n. Something which creates or whets an appetite. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appetizer — (n.) something taken to whet the appetite, 1820, agent noun from APPETIZE (Cf. appetize) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • appetizer — (also appetiser) ► NOUN ▪ a small dish of food or a drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite …   English terms dictionary

  • appetizer — [ap′ətī΄zər] n. [< APPETIZING + ER] 1. a small portion of a tasty food or a drink to stimulate the appetite at the beginning of a meal 2. a bit of something that excites a desire for more …   English World dictionary

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