[ an-ti-pah-stoh, -pas-toh; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-taw ]
/ ˌæn tɪˈpɑ stoʊ, -ˈpæs toʊ; Italian ˌɑn tiˈpɑs tɔ /

noun, plural an·ti·pas·tos, an·ti·pas·ti [an-ti-pah-stee, -pas-tee; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-tee] /ˌæn tɪˈpɑ sti, -ˈpæs ti; Italian ˌɑn tiˈpɑs ti/. Italian Cookery.

a course of appetizers consisting of an assortment of foods, as olives, anchovies, sliced sausage, peppers, and artichoke hearts.

Nearby words

  1. antiozonant,
  2. antiparabema,
  3. antiparallel,
  4. antiparasitic,
  5. antiparticle,
  6. antipater,
  7. antipathetic,
  8. antipathic,
  9. antipathy,
  10. antipedal

Origin of antipasto

1580–90; < Italian, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + pasto food < Latin pāstus pasturage, feeding ground, orig. the act of feeding, equivalent to pās- stem of pāscere to feed + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for antipasto


/ (ˌæntɪˈpɑːstəʊ, -ˈpæs-) /

noun plural -tos

a course of hors d'oeuvres in an Italian meal

Word Origin for antipasto

Italian: before food

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Word Origin and History for antipasto



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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