Definition of appetite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈapəˌtīt/


[usually in singular]
1A natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food: he has a healthy appetite they suffered from loss of appetite
More example sentences
  • We can choose to satisfy out appetites with healthy food, eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full.
  • Just at this time he made a discovery that helped him satisfy their new appetite for solid food.
  • These characters will do anything to satisfy their appetites, whether for food, drink, or sex.
hunger, ravenousness, hungriness;
taste, palate
1.1A strong desire or liking for something: an unquenchable appetite for life
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  • The strong appetite for a piece of Ireland was often shallow, faddish and dishonest.
  • One had appetites and ambitions, talents and desires, capacities and potential, drive and vision, questions and curiosity.
  • Rather something arouses us and accustoms our appetites and our desires to that which expands our longing.
craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, thirst, passion;
enthusiasm, keenness, eagerness, desire
informal yen


Middle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus 'desire for', from appetere 'seek after', from ad- 'to' + petere 'seek'.

  • ‘Seeking’ and ‘desire’ are involved in appetite, which comes via Old French from Latin appetitus ‘desire for’, from appetere ‘seek after’.

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Syllabification: ap·pe·tite

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