• WordNet 3.6
    • n appetiser food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Appetiser something which whets the appetite
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr., from L. appetitus, appetĕre.


In literature:

As the cousins ran downstairs together, an appetising smell of roasting chickens came to their nostrils, and Toni sniffed appreciatively.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
Cold boiled mussels and a bit of pork may be good food, but it is not appetising.
"The Coxswain's Bride" by R.M. Ballantyne
Pray make no apology for the smell of cookery; it is very appetising, especially at supper-time.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
That ride has proved a fine appetiser in my case.
"In Search of El Dorado" by Harry Collingwood
Trombin was the first to speak, after the preliminary appetisers had been placed on the table and the glasses had been filled.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Descriptions of the rations served out to each man daily are not appetising: Bread, 1-1/4 lb., or biscuit, 1 lb.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The meal was not appetising.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Mistress Hannah Macaulay's salmon steaks came to the table with an appetising steam rising from their dish.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
First of all we'll catch him (the British Public) in our cosy Appetiser Department.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 29, 1914" by Various
The warm, pleasant room and the appetising food made Dolly feel decidedly better.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

We came here because it was a sunny day and the idea of a beachside brunch was appetising.

In science:

There is an appetising strategy for establishing this result, and to outline it we recall some basic definitions and facts from algebraic group theory.
Approximate subgroups of linear groups