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.
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How to use appetizer in a sentence
Subtle and delicious, this wine is great by itself, but it also benefits from lighter seafood dishes or salty appetizers.This $11 Bordeaux begs for pizza or burgers and will put a smile on your face | Dave McIntyre | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
My initial inclination, partly to support struggling dining establishments, was to suggest she and like-minded customers opt instead for a light appetizer or two.How to freshen up your takeout game and keep restaurant food hot in the cold | Tom Sietsema | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Embrace appetizersAt home, we usually reserve appetizers for holidays, but having a li’l somethin’ before the main meal is an easy way to upgrade any weeknight dinner.
The appetizers run good-to-great, but when I think about going back, it’s for charred cabbage layered with shaved pineapple.At Moon Rabbit, chef Kevin Tien lures fans to the Wharf | Tom Sietsema | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Here, that swoon-worthy oreganata topping graduates from appetizer to main course as the highlight of a quick sheet-pan dinner.Turn cod into a swoon-worthy sheet-pan meal with herby, spicy bread crumbs | Ellie Krieger | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
We were barely into the appetizer when he asked a fairly basic question—where did my family live?
Picking at an appetizer veggie platter is a good option as well.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work | DailyBurn | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And that was just the appetizer portion of what was served up at CPAC.
A senior regime official warned several days ago: “What you are seeing is the appetizer: the main course is yet to come.”Battered Syrian Rebels Cede Aleppo’s Salaheddin District to Assad Military | Jamie Dettmer | August 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he can tell them this deal is a mere appetizer for the huge cuts to come in 2013, when Republicans occupy the White House.
"No, that would only serve as an appetizer," answered David.Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School | Jessie Graham Flower
Having worked all day and perhaps having walked home, the Parisian saves a half hour before dinner for his appetizer.Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons
As an appetizer the toasted cheese on toasted bread was excellent, but the supper—if she had only let him get it.How It Happened | Kate Langley Bosher
In fact, no better appetizer to serve at the beginning of a meal can be found.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
They are served either hot or cold as an appetizer or as a first course for lunch or dinner.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
British Dictionary definitions for appetizer
a small amount of food or drink taken to stimulate the appetite
any stimulating foretaste
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