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From French hors d'œuvre
- (RP) IPA: /ɔəˈdɜːv/ X-SAMPA: /O@"d3:v/
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- (US) IPA: /ɔrˈdɝv/, /ɔrˈdʊv/ X-SAMPA: /Or"d3`v/
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- A small, light, and usually savory first course in a meal.
- (by extension) Anything of secondary concern; not the primary one.
anything of secondary concern
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- 1920, G. K. Chesterton, The New Jerusalem, Ch. XIII
- It seems quaintest of all when, at some Jewish luncheon parties, a tray of hats is actually handed round, and each guest helps himself to a hat as a sort of hors d'oeuvre.
- 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter III
- On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.
See also 
Literally, "apart from the work", in other words, "apart from the main meal"
hors d'oeuvre m (plural hors d'oeuvre)
- Nonstandard spelling of hors d'œuvre.