Definition of amuse-gueule in English:


Syllabification: a·muse-gueule
Pronunciation: /ˌämo͞oz ˈgəl

noun (plural amuse-gueules pronunc. same)

  • A small, savory item of food served as an appetizer before a meal.
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    • Now, however, they are becoming a grander food, being served as amuse-gueules in expensive restaurants.
    • A trio of amuse-gueules was served on three china spoons: a tiny bit of mozzarella and tomato in a kind of basil jelly; a scrap of chicken in a cream sauce; and a morsel of prepared duck with black truffle.
    • He gave me an amuse-gueule, a mini gazpacho, while I was in the kitchen, and a little orange jelly which was delicious, but those were not serious nourishment.


late 20th century: French, literally 'amuse mouth'.

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