from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An appetizer served before a meal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, light, and usually savory first course in a meal.
- n. Anything of secondary concern; not the primary one.
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- n. a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal
French hors d'œuvre : hors, outside + de, of + œuvre, (the main) work.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French hors d'œuvre (Wiktionary)