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
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)