antipasto

[ 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 Cooking.

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

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Origin of antipasto

First recorded in 1580–90; from Italian, equivalent to anti- (from Latin ante- “before”) + pasto “food,” from Latin pāstus “pasturage, feeding ground,” originally “the act of feeding,” equivalent to pās-, stem of pāscere “to feed” + -tus suffix of verbal action; see ante-
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British Dictionary definitions for antipasto

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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