food items served before the main courses of a meal

An appetizer is a small dish of an overall meal. It can also be a drink or multiple drinks containing alcohol. Common examples include: shrimp cocktail, calamari, salad, potato skins, mussels, bruschetta or cheese and crackers. An appetizer may also be very elegant in some restaurants.[1][2]


They are often referred to as snacks or hors d'oeuvres.

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  1. "Appetizer | Define Appetizer at". Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  2. "What are Appetizers?". Retrieved 2010-12-08.