[ kan-uh-pee, -pey; French ka-na-pey ]
/ ˈkæn ə pi, -ˌpeɪ; French ka naˈpeɪ /

noun, plural can·a·pés [kan-uh-peez, -peyz; French ka-na-pey] /ˈkæn ə piz, -ˌpeɪz; French ka naˈpeɪ/.

a thin piece of bread or toast or a cracker spread or topped with cheese, caviar, anchovies, or other savory food.
Furniture. a sofa of 18th-century France, made in any of several forms, often with matching chairs.
Bridge. a style of bidding in which short suits are bid before long ones.

Origin of canapé

1885–90; < French: literally, a covering or netting, orig. for a bed (see canopy), by extension for a piece of bread


canapé canopy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for canape

  • An oxeye daisy, p. 31, may be placed in center of canape, in the wreath of parsley.

    The Laurel Health Cookery|Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • It consists of oysters, a canape, a fruit cocktail, grapefruit or something else of the same kind.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2|Lillian Eichler Watson
  • She and Peter were in the pantry, deep in the manufacture of a certain sort of canape.

    Sisters|Kathleen Norris

British Dictionary definitions for canape

/ (ˈkænəpɪ, -ˌpeɪ, French kanape) /


a small piece of bread, toast, etc, spread with a savoury topping
(in French cabinetwork) a sofa

Word Origin for canapé

C19: from French: sofa
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