[ 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.

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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