starter

[ stahr-ter ]
/ ˈstɑr tər /

noun

adjective

constituting a basis or beginning: a starter set of dishes; a starter home.

Idioms

    for starters, Informal. as the first step or part; initially; first: We will have soup for starters. For starters, he doesn't even know how to drive.

Origin of starter

First recorded in 1530–40; start + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for starters

starter

/ (ˈstɑːtə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for starters

starter


n.

c.1400, stertour "instigator; one who starts," agent noun from start (v.). For starters "to begin with" is 1873, American English colloquial. Starter home is from 1976; starter set is from 1946, originally of china.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with starters

starters


see under for openers.

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