Definition of canapé in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkanəpeɪ/


1A small piece of bread or pastry with a savoury topping, served with drinks at receptions or formal parties: smoked-salmon canapés
More example sentences
  • But instead of resorting to the sort of supermarket canapés that are served with inevitable monotony at so many parties, why not opt for home-made nibbles, which also work out far cheaper.
  • From the canapés with our pre-dinner drink to the petits-fours served with coffee in the lounge, nothing could be faulted.
  • The company would assemble round this table, propose toasts, clink glasses, down the first glass of vodka in a gulp, and quickly follow it with a bite of herring or a caviar canapé.
2A decorative French antique sofa.
Example sentences
  • She is seated at ease on a comfortable canapé.
  • Many different types of couches exist; popular types include the divan. the chaise longue, the canapé or the ottoman.


French, canapé (sense 1) being a figurative extension of the sense 'sofa' (as a ‘couch’ on which to place toppings). See also canopy.

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