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[kan-uh-pee, -pey; French ka-na-pey] /ˈkæn ə pi, -ˌpeɪ; French ka naˈpeɪ/
noun, plural canapés
[kan-uh-peez, -peyz; French ka-na-pey] /ˈkæn ə piz, -ˌpeɪz; French ka naˈpeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a thin piece of bread or toast or a cracker spread or topped with cheese, caviar, anchovies, or other savory food.
Furniture. a sofa of 18th-century France, made in any of several forms, often with matching chairs.
Bridge. a style of bidding in which short suits are bid before long ones.
Origin of canapé
1885-90; < French: literally, a covering or netting, orig. for a bed (see canopy), by extension for a piece of bread
Can be confused
canapé, canopy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for canape
Historical Examples
  • She and Peter were in the pantry, deep in the manufacture of a certain sort of canape.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • An oxeye daisy, p. 31, may be placed in center of canape, in the wreath of parsley.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • It consists of oysters, a canape, a fruit cocktail, grapefruit or something else of the same kind.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
British Dictionary definitions for canape


/ˈkænəpɪ; -ˌpeɪ; French kanape/
a small piece of bread, toast, etc, spread with a savoury topping
(in French cabinetwork) a sofa
Word Origin
C19: from French: sofa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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