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From Middle English appetit, from Old French apetit (French appétit), from Latin appetitus, from appetere (“to strive after, long for”); ad + petere (“to seek”). See petition, and compare with appetence.
appetite (plural appetites)
- Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.
- Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.
- The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.
- A taste, preference.
- 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle in The Adventure of Black Peter
- And I return with an excellent appetite. There can be no question, my dear Watson, of the value of exercise before breakfast. But I am prepared to bet that you will not guess the form that my exercise has taken.
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- appetite in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- appetite in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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