Definition of hors d'oeuvre in English:

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hors d'oeuvre

Pronunciation: /ôr ˈdərv/

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

A small savory dish, typically one served as an appetizer at the beginning of a meal.
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'.

Words that rhyme with hors d'oeuvre

conserve, curve, Deneuve, derv, nerve, observe, roman-fleuve, serve, subserve, swerve, verve

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Syllabification: hors d'oeuvre

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