Definition of hors d'oeuvre in English:

hors d'oeuvre

Syllabification: hors d'oeuvre
Pronunciation: /ôr ˈdərv, ˈdœvrə

noun (plural same or hors d'oeuvres pronunc. same or /ˈdərvz/)

  • A small savory dish, typically one served as an appetizer at the beginning of a meal.
    More example sentences
    • Some of my favorite food at parties falls under the category of hors d'oeuvres and appetizers.
    • For fewer than eight people, one or two types of hors d'oeuvres are fine.


mid 18th century: French, literally 'outside the work'.

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