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meze

[ mez-e, me-ze ]
/ ˈmɛz ɛ, mɛˈzɛ /
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noun plural me·zes, me·ze.(in Mediterranean cuisine)
several small dishes served as an appetizer or with alcoholic drinks, or as a light meal.
any one dish of this type.
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Also mez·ze .

Origin of meze

First recorded in 1905–10, meze is from the modern Greek word mezés, which is a Turkish word literally meaning “appetizer, snack,” ultimately from Persian maze, maza “flavor, relish”
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British Dictionary definitions for meze

meze
/ (ˈmɛzɛ) /

noun
a type of hors d'oeuvre eaten esp with an apéritif or other drink in Greece and the Near East

Word Origin for meze

C20: from Turkish meze snack, appetizer
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