1 : a food or drink that stimulates the appetite and is usually served before a meal
: any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers
4: something that is the beginning of a process, activity, or series ; especially : appetizer
NOUN:A food or drink served usually before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
An appetizer served before a meal.
6. The first in a series, especially the first course of a meal; an appetizer.
ap•pet•izer (BrE also -iser) noun a small amount of food or a drink that you have before a meal: Some green olives make a simple appetizer.
hors d’oeuvre noun [C, U] (pl. hors d’oeuvres) (from French) a small amount of food, usually cold, served before the main part of a meal—compare starter
1 (especially BrE) (NAmE usually ap•pe•tiz•er) a small amount of food that is served before the main course of a meal: This dish serves 4-6 people as a starter.—compare hors d’oeuvre
appetizer, UK USUALLY appetiser
1 a small amount of food eaten before a meal:
At 6:30, everyone gathered for drinks and appetizers in the lounge.
2 MAINLY US the first part of a meal:
The average cost of a full three-course meal - appetizer, main course and dessert - including tip and a modest wine is about $25.
noun [C] plural hors d'oeuvre or hors d'oeuvres
1 UK a small savoury dish eaten at the start of a meal
2 US small pieces of food eaten at a party
appetizer or appetiser noun a small amount of food or drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
hors d'oeuvre noun (plural hor d'oeuvres or hors d'oeuvres) a savoury appetizer, usually served at the beginning of a meal, to whet the appetite.
4 the first course of a meal.
Vorspeise, die; -, -n Vorgericht, Ggs. Nachspeise: als V. gab es Hummermayonnaise
* Vor|spei|se [f. 11] kleines Gericht, das man vor der Hauptmahlzeit isst; Syn. [geh.] Horsd′œuvre