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

  • n. A side dish, such as a relish or dessert, served in addition to the principal course.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A side dish (often of vegetables), or a small dish of savories served between courses
  • n. A dessert

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A side dish; a dainty or relishing dish usually eaten after the joints or principal dish; also, a sweetmeat, served with a dinner.
  • n. Any small entertainment between two greater ones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The French form now used instead of entremes, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dish that is served with, but is subordinate to, a main course


Middle English entremetes, from Old French entremes, entremets : entre, between (from Latin inter; see inter-) + mes, mets, dish; see mess.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • A great dinner like a great play
    Will nourish and charm all the way.
    Delight should be certain
    From prologue to curtain,
    From hors d'oeuvre to last entremet.

    July 5, 2015