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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɔəˈdɜːv/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ɔɹˈdɝv/, /ɔɹˈdʊv/
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- (food) A small, light, and usually savory first course in a meal.
- (by extension) Anything of secondary concern; not the primary thing.
- (dated, rare) Something unusual or extraordinary.
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, “chapter III”, in The Great Gatsby, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, OCLC 884653065:
- 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.
Literally, "apart from the work", in other words, "apart from the main meal"
- Nonstandard spelling of hors d'œuvre.