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amuse-bouche

[ah-mooz-boosh; French a-myz-boosh] /ɑˈmuzˈbuʃ; French aˌmüzˈbuʃ/
noun, plural amuse-bouches, amuse-bouche.
1.
a small appetizer as served, usually without charge, in a restaurant.
Origin of amuse-bouche
1955-1960
1955-60; < French amuser to gratify, amuse + bouche mouth
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British Dictionary definitions for amuse-bouche

amuse-bouche

/amyzbuʃ/
noun
1.
an appetizer before a meal
Word Origin
from French amuser amuse, gratify + bouche mouth
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Contemporary definitions for amuse-bouche
noun

any small bite of food or appetizer-sized portion, often served before a meal; also called amuse-gueule

Word Origin

1968; French 'that which amuses the mouth'

Usage Note

cooking

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