amuse-bouche

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a·muse-bouche

 (ə-myo͞oz′bo͞osh′)
n. pl. a·muse-bouches (-bo͞osh′) or amuse-bouche
A complimentary, bite-sized portion of food served before a meal or between courses in a restaurant.

[French : amuse, third person present indicative of amuser, to amuse (from Old French, to cause to muse; see amuse) + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek).]

amuse-bouche

(amyzbuʃ)
n
(Cookery) an appetizer before a meal
[from French amuser amuse, gratify + bouche mouth]

amuse-bouche

, amuse-guele - Amuse-bouche and amuse-guele both mean literally "something to please the mouth," and both refer to an appetizer or pre-meal tidbit.
See also related terms for please.
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First up was a lovely little amuse bouche, described as an Indian street snack on the menu and described by me as delicious.
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You might have heard this referred to as an amuse bouche - simply meaning to amuse the mouth.
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For our meal, we started in the lounge with a tasty amuse bouche of chicken terrine.
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The Terrace Restaurant provides the full Michelin experience, from delicious amuse bouche to a laden cheese trolley (and how nice to be allowed to pick your own selection).