noun (plural amuse-gueules pronounced same)
A small, savory item of food served as an appetizer before a meal.
- 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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