smorgasbord

[ smawr-guhs-bawrd, -bohrd or, often, shmawr- ]
/ ˈsmɔr gəsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd or, often, ˈʃmɔr- /

noun

a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.
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

First recorded in 1875–80; from Swedish smörgåsbord, equivalent to smörgås “(slice of) bread and butter, sandwich,” from smör “butter”; (see smear) + gås “goose, (dialect) lump of fat or butter” (see goose) + bord “table” (see board)
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British Dictionary definitions for smorgasbord

smorgasbord
/ (ˈsmɔːɡəsˌbɔːd, ˈsmɜː-) /

noun

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

Word Origin for smorgasbord

Swedish, from smörgås sandwich + bord table
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