c.1400, stertour "instigator; one who starts," agent noun from start (v.). For starters "to begin with" is 1873, American English colloquial. Starter home is from 1976; starter set is from 1946, originally of china.
As a beginning; as a first move or suggestion: For openers, there's the approach via the Staten Island ferry/ So, try this for openers/ expensive, for starters
[1960s+; fr the openers, ''cards of a certain value,'' required in draw poker for beginning the betting]
To start or begin with (1873+),