hors d'oeuvre


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hors d'oeuvre

 (ôr dûrv′)
n. pl. hors d'oeuvres (ôr dûrvz′) or hors d'oeuvre
An appetizer served before a meal.

[French hors d'œuvre : hors, outside + de, of + œuvre, (the main) work.]
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hors d'oeuvre

(ɔː ˈdɜːvr; French ɔr dœvrə)
n, pl hors d'oeuvre or hors d'oeuvres (ˈdɜːvr; French dœvrə)
(Cookery) an additional dish served as an appetizer, usually before the main meal
[C18: from French, literally: outside the work, not part of the main course]
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hors d'oeuvre

(ɔr ˈdɜrv)

n., pl. hors d'oeuvre (ɔr ˈdɜrv) hors d'oeuvres (ɔr ˈdɜrvz, ˈdɜrv)
a small portion of food served as an appetizer before a meal or as a snack with cocktails.
[1705–15; < French: outside of the main course]
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hors d'oeuvre

A French phrase meaning out of the work, used to mean food served as an appetizer before a meal.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hors d'oeuvre - a dish served as an appetizer before the main mealhors d'oeuvre - a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal
appetiser, appetizer, starter - food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
stuffed mushroom - mushrooms stuffed with any of numerous mixtures of e.g. meats or nuts or seafood or spinach
rollmops - a pickled herring filet that has been rolled or wrapped around a pickle
pigs in blankets - small frankfurters wrapped in biscuit dough and baked
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Translations

hors d’oeuvre

nHors d’oeuvre nt, → Vorspeise f
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hors d'oeuvre

(oːˈdəːvr) , ((American) o:rˈdə:rv) plural hors d'oeuvre(s) (oːˈdəːvr (American) o:rˈdə:rv(z)) noun
food eg olives, sardines etc served before or at the beginning of a meal in order to increase the appetite.
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References in classic literature ?
The next day Sarah showed Schulenberg a neat card on which the menu was beautifully typewritten with the viands temptingly marshalled under their right and proper heads from "hors d'oeuvre" to "not responsible for overcoats and umbrellas."
I forgot," the latter replied, with no sign of regret, and without even apologising to me he went off to order the hors d'oeuvre.
For hors d'oeuvres what do you say to oeufs de pluvier?
Roast partridges, flanked with quails and flanking a larded leveret; boiled fowls; hams, fried and sprinkled with white wine, cardons of Guipuzcoa and la bisque ecrevisses : these, together with soups and hors d'oeuvres , constituted the governor's bill of fare.
There was a tradition in the club that the hors d'oeuvres should be various and manifold to the point of madness.
"For retailers looking to provide their shoppers with more gourmet foods for entertaining, our new Phyllos are the answer as not only are they a higher-end hors d'oeuvre, but they're easy to prepare when shoppers want to make a beautiful appetizer spread with little effort," says Adnan Durrani, CEO of Stamford, Conn.-based American Halal Co.
What name is given to the hors d'oeuvre of oysters wrapped in bacon?
Crisp and bracing, radishes of any type--from pungent black to ordinary red to rosy-centered watermelon (all pictured above)--make an ideal hors d'oeuvre, whetting the appetite for richer food to come.
The most telling comment was precipitated by a very tasty hors d'oeuvre that triggered the question: "This is great but is it easy?"
"Defects of the Adolescent": Didn't she after all put herself out there like an hors d'oeuvre / on a pewter platter?
The most difficult part of a meal to match with a wine is usually the hors d'oeuvre. Many hors d'oeuvres are flavoured with vinegar, which tends to make any accompanying wine taste vinegary too.
Salmon Carpaccio is positioned as a very simple hors d'oeuvre, made from very thin slices of the raw fish, lightly salted, spiced and marinated.