Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An appetizer usually consisting of an assortment of foods, such as smoked meats, cheese, fish, and vegetables.

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  • n. an Italian starter for a meal; normally a cold assortment of salami, cheese, seafood and vegetables

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  • n. a course of appetizers in an Italian meal

Etymologies

Italian : anti-, before (from Latin ante-; see ante-) + pasto, food (from Latin pāstus, past participle of pāscere, to feed; see pā- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian antipasto ("food before the meal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Try this one of the anti-flying spaghetti monster (he goes by the name antipasto):

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  • At Ristorante Clemente, in Sulmona, the antipasto is the star.

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  • "antipasto" butchered so badly in the places I ate when I was growing up.

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  • Tiny roasted potatoes bathed in virgin olive oil, antipasto trays laden with sausage and sardines.

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  • In the interests of scientific thoroughness, we had four small eats and one antipasto between two adults and a 12-year-old, and they ranged from the good (marinated octopus, chicken liver crostini) to the sublime: prosciutto so delicate it was, according to my son, "like air", a compulsively eatable dish of fried courgettes, and a sensationally good stew of squid, potatoes, chickpeas and chilli.

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  • Amazing: the antipasto platter, the "uovo" raviolo with truffle butter, the spinach-and-pear salad, the grilled shrimp, the braised beef cheeks and the tagliolini with ragu.

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  • "How about a few big platters of antipasto di mare with shrimps, prawns, baby octopus, anchovies, sardines, mussels and clams?"

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  • At Frasca, the kitchen often sends out a small spiedino with a simple salad as an antipasto.

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  • And their antipasto pasta salad is the only one of those I can abide.

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  • Bartolomeo has a huge array of salads and antipasto.

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