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hors d'oeuvres


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hors d'oeuvre /ɔr ˈdɝv/USA pronunciation   n. [countable],pl. hors d'oeuvre /ɔr ˈdɝv/USA pronunciation  hors d'oeuvres 
    /ɔr ˈdɝvz, ˈdɝv/.USA pronunciation  
  1. Foodfood served as an appetizer.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
hors d'oeu•vre  (ôr dûrv; Fr. ôr dœvrə), 
pl. hors d'oeuvre, hors d'oeuvres 
    (ôr dûrvz; Fr. ôr dœvrə). 
  1. Fooda small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a preparation of chopped or creamed foods, often served on crackers or small pieces of toast, for eating at cocktail parties or other gatherings where drinks are served with no other food.
  2. Foodan appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as the first course of a meal.
  • French: outside of the main course
  • 1705–15

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

hors d'oeuvre /ɔː ˈdɜːvr; French: ɔr dœvrə/ n ( pl hors d'oeuvre, hors d'oeuvres /ˈdɜːvr; French: dœvrə/)
  1. an additional dish served as an appetizer, usually before the main meal
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, literally: outside the work, not part of the main course

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