noun, plural hors d'oeuvre, hors d'oeuvres [awr durvz; French awr dœ-vruh] /ɔr ˈdɜrvz; French ɔr ˈdœ vrə/.
Origin of hors d'oeuvre
Related Words for hors d'oeuvrestarter, antipasto, canape, dip, aperitif, munchies, sample, cocktail
noun plural hors d'oeuvre or hors d'oeuvres (ˈdɜːvr, French dœvrə)
Word Origin for hors d'oeuvre
1714, as an adverb, "out of the ordinary," from French hors d'oeuvre, "outside the ordinary courses (of a meal)," literally "apart from the main work," from hors, variant of fors "outside" (from Latin foris; see foreign) + de "from" + oeuvre "work," from Latin opera, (see opus). Meaning "extra dish set out before a meal or between courses" attested in English from 1742.