[ ap-i-tahy-zer ]
/ ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zər /


a small portion of a food or drink served before or at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the desire to eat.
any small portion that stimulates a desire for more or that indicates more is to follow: The first game was an appetizer to a great football season.

Nearby words

  1. appetency,
  2. appetite,
  3. appetitive,
  4. appetitive behavior,
  5. appetize,
  6. appetizing,
  7. appia,
  8. appia, adolphe,
  9. appian way,
  10. appius claudius

Origin of appetizer

First recorded in 1860–65; appetiz(ing) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for appetizer



/ (ˈæpɪˌtaɪzə) /


a small amount of food or drink taken to stimulate the appetite
any stimulating foretaste
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Word Origin and History for appetizer



"something taken to whet the appetite," 1820, agent noun from appetize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper