hors d'oeuvre

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French hors-d'œuvre

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hors d'oeuvre ‎(plural hors d'oeuvres)

  1. (food) A small, light, and usually savory first course in a meal.
  2. (by extension) Anything of secondary concern; not the primary thing.
  3. (dated, rare) Something unusual or extraordinary.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "apart from the work", in other words, "apart from the main meal"

Noun[edit]

hors d'oeuvre m ‎(plural hors d'oeuvre)

  1. Nonstandard spelling of hors d'œuvre.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The œ ligature is often replaced in contemporary French with oe (the œ character does not appear on AZERTY keyboards), but this is nonstandard.