• WordNet 3.6
    • n appetizer food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Appetizer Something which creates or whets an appetite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n appetizer That which excites or whets the appetite, as a walk; anything that gives a relish for food.
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In literature:

What a man needs and so seldom gets for that sum is good, wholesome, appetizing food, quickly served.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
The kettle on the crane in the fireplace began to sing cheerfully and an appetizing odor arose.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
There was an appetizing smell of cookery in the air, and three figures were plainly discernible.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
Another appetizing odor was now stealing over the house, the odor of baking cream-of-tartar biscuits.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Useful, but not appetizing.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
The motherly Kate was waiting with an appetizing lunch on a neat tray.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
In any case, it is delicate and appetizing.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
When done strip off the skin, carrying feathers with it, and the bird will be clean and appetizing.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
It was not an appetizing sight.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
Hickory nuts are his favourite food, and the hard shells seem but an appetizing relish.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In news:

Cathy Pavlos creates delectable summertime appetizers.
Though this appetizer is best in summer when tomatoes and basil are at their peak, you can make it any time of year.
These no-cook skewers make for a colorful, pantry-friendly appetizer you can vary according to your guests' tastes.
11:30am-midnight daily Prices: Appetizers $12-$20, entrees $25-$84 (for two), desserts $7-$9.
Middle Eastern-style flatbreads are becoming popular to serve alongside salad or dips as an appetizer, with a meal or as part of a wrapped sandwich.
About halfway through a Monday night "training dinner" at Brio Tuscan Grille, between appetizer rounds of bruschetta and Gorgonzola-crusted lamb chops, it hit me.
Today we are making a stuffed french bread that makes the best appetizer for football games.
A tasty rice dish that can serve as an appetizer or a main course.
The Signature Turtle is a filling appetizer.
From appetizers to snack foods to entrees, the better-for-you frozen food category is heating up.
This is an appetizing and eye-appealing dessert.
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Use fresh Louisiana oysters to make Oyster Ramekins, an easy dish that works as an appetizer or entree.
This shrimp appetizer is sauteed in a roasted garlic sauce and served on a slice of toasted ciabatta.
Brian Martin, executive chef at EVOO Bistro in Naples, demonstrates how to make this appetizer at home in this week's Cookit video online at
Science-inspired appetizer: Seared papaya and parmesan cheese.

In science:

As an example (and an appetizer for what is to come), consider the following situation.
Stochastic domination and weak convergence of conditioned Bernoulli random vectors
This section is more an appetizer and encouragement for future works than a complete treatment.
Theory of Zipf's Law and of General Power Law Distributions with Gibrat's law of Proportional Growth
The studies of Bose condensed hydrogen presented here constitute simply the appetizer in the feast of experiments to be carried out.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen