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a course of appetizers consisting of an assortment of foods, as olives, anchovies, sliced sausage, peppers, and artichoke hearts.
noun (pl) -tos
a course of hors d’oeuvres in an Italian meal

1934, from Italian antipasto, from anti- “before” (see ante) + pasto “food,” from Latin pascere “to feed” (see pastor). Earlier anglicized as antepast (1590).


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