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hors d'oeuvres

hors d'oeuvres is a plural form of hors d'oeuvre

hors d'oeuvre

Definition:

a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal

Class:

food noun (foods and drinks)

Usage:

French

Plurals:

hors d'oeuvre* | hors d'oeuvres
(* hors d'oeuvre may be used in a singular or plural context)

Type of:

appetizer » course » nutriment » food

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

zakuska [Russia]

Etymology:

as an adverb, "out of the ordinary", from French hors d'oeuvre, "outside the...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre [French]

an additional dish served as an appetizer, usually before the main meal (12 of 464 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hors-d-oeuvre

Random House Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural] | zakuska [Russian cuisine] | zakuski [Russian cuisine, plural]

a small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a ... | an appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as ... (27 of 85 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hors-doeuvre

Oxford Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [pronunc. same or /ˈdəːvz/, related]

a small savoury dish, typically one served as an appetizer (10 of 84 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hors-d'oeuvre

Merriam-Webster:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers (9 of 58 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hors d'oeuvre

Wiktionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural] | hors-d'oeuvre [sense-specific] | orderve [United States, sense-specific]

A small, light, and usually savory first course in a meal. | Anything of secondary concern; not the primary one. (19 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hors d'oeuvre

New World Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre

a small portion of a tasty food served as an appetizer before a meal or as at a cocktail party (20 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hors-d-oeuvre

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre [countable]

a food served in small amounts before the main course of a meal (13 of 44 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hors-d-oeuvre

Cambridge Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

[British] a small savoury dish eaten at the start of a meal | [United States] small pieces of food eaten at a party (22 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hors-d-oeuvre

American Heritage Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

An appetizer served before a meal. (6 of 32 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hors-d-oeuvre

Wikipedia:

Zakuska [disambiguation]

may refer to Zakuski (plural of zakuska), Russian-style hors d'oeuvre | Zacuscă, a spread made from cooked vegetables in Romanian cuisine | It's the Russian equivalent of the Nordic Smörgåsbord . (29 of 81 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Zakuska

Britannica Encyclopedia:

appetizer

food eaten to pique the appetite or to moderate the hunger stimulated by drink. Cocktails, especially apéritifs, the characteristic "dryness" of which ... (22 of 160 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/30580​/appetizer

Encarta Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

a small portion of food served cold or hot before a meal to stimulate the appetite (16 of 42 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861676546​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

hors d'oeuvre

First use: 1714

Origin: as an adverb, "out of the ordinary", from French hors d'oeuvre, "outside the ordinary courses (of a meal)," literally "apart from the main ... (24 of 57 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=hors d'oeuvre

New World Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre

Origin: French, literally, outside of work from hors, outside ( from Latin foris) + de, of (see "de-") + oeuvre, work ( from Latin opera, works)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hors-d-oeuvre

Collins Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre [French]

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French, literally: outside the work, not part of the main course

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hors-d-oeuvre

American Heritage Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

Origin: French hors d'œuvre: hors, outside + de, of + œuvre, (the main) work.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hors-d-oeuvre

Merriam-Webster:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

First use: 1714

Origin: French hors-d'œuvre, literally, outside of the work

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hors d'oeuvre

Oxford Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre

Origin: French, literally "outside the work"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hors-d'oeuvre

Wiktionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

Origin: French hors d'œuvre

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hors d'oeuvre

Encarta Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

Origin: French, "outside the work"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861676546​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hors d'oeuvre

Collins Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre [French]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hors-d-oeuvre

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre [countable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hors-d-oeuvre

Macmillan American Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre [countable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/hors-d-oeuvre

Cambridge Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hors-d-oeuvre

Google Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre | hors d'oeuvres [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=hors d'oeuvre

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hors d'oeuvre

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=horsdo​01 word=hors d'oeuvre

YourDictionary Audio:

hors d'oeuvre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hors-d-oeuvre

the Free Dictionary:

hors d'oeuvre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hors d'oeuvre" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/hors d'oeuvre

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