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[smawr-guh s-bawrd, -bohrd or, often, shmawr-]
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  1. a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.
  2. an extensive array or variety: The company has a smorgasbord of employee benefits.
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Also smör·gås·bord [Swedish smœr-gaws-boord] /Swedish ˈsmœr gɔsˌburd/.

Origin of smorgasbord

1915–20; < Swedish smörgsbord, equivalent to smörgs sandwich + bord table
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buffet, hodgepodge, array, mishmash, assortment, jumble, choice, medley, collection, miscellany

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British Dictionary definitions for smorgasbord


  1. a variety of cold or hot savoury dishes, such as pâté, smoked salmon, etc, served in Scandinavia as hors d'oeuvres or as a buffet meal
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Word Origin

Swedish, from smörgås sandwich + bord table
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Word Origin and History for smorgasbord


1893, from Swedish smörgåsbord "open sandwich table," literally "butter-goose table," from smörgås, which is said to mean "bread and butter," but is compounded from smör "butter" (see smear (n.)) and gås, literally "goose" (and from the same Germanic root that yielded English goose (n.)), which is said by OED to have a secondary meaning of "a clump (of butter)." The final element is bord "table," from Proto-Germanic *burdam "plank, board, table" (see board (n.1)). Figurative sense of "medley, miscellany" is recorded from 1948.

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