a small portion of a food or drink served before or at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the desire to eat.
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.
A senior regime official warned several days ago: “What you are seeing is the appetizer: the main course is yet to come.”
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And that was just the appetizer portion of what was served up at CPAC.
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We were barely into the appetizer when he asked a fairly basic question—where did my family live?
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Perhaps you could exhibit some sauté skills in an appetizer course.
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Picking at an appetizer veggie platter is a good option as well.
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Unfortunately, however, he had no mézé (appetizer) to offer, as is also the custom in the East.
Told in the Coffee House Cyrus Adler
It is not a drink or an appetizer, but a strictly medicinal preparation.
Treatise on the Diseases of Women Lydia E. Pinkham
This little work contains many valuable recipes showing how honey can be made useful medicinally and as an appetizer.
Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884 Various
This is considered an appetizer for the proper meal, which no stranger must forget.
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“No, that would only serve as an appetizer,” answered David.
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a small amount of food or drink taken to stimulate the appetite
any stimulating foretaste
“something taken to whet the appetite,” 1820, agent noun from appetize.
appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory. appealing; tempting. Contemporary Examples When Sweeney first meets the baker, her business is in the dumps and her pies are less than appetizing. 12 Craziest Pie Scenes Marlow Stern November 20, 2011 Few aromas are as appetizing as the commingling of sautéing onions and grilling beef. The Perfect […]
apphia increasing, a female Christian at Colosse (Philemon 1:2), supposed by some to have been the wife of Philemon. Historical Examples apphia was probably Philemon’s wife and Archippus perhaps his son. The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
Adolphe [French a-dawlf] /French aˈdɔlf/ (Show IPA), 1862–1928, Swiss stage designer and theatrical producer. Historical Examples Without the immortal city, along the Appia Via, there dwelt a singular and romantic visionary, of the name of Volktman. Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton Down the Via Appia, toward Campania, where was their only safety, poured the panic-stricken company. […]
- Appian way
an ancient Roman highway extending from Rome to Brundisium (now Brindisi): begun 312 b.c. by Appius Claudius Caecus. About 350 miles (565 km) long. Historical Examples He urged his horse faster toward the gate that opened upon the Appian Way; boldness and speed were all that could save them. The Lion’s Brood Duffield Osborne The […]