hors d'oeuvre

   The formal word for the 'starter' of a meal represents the French for what is literally 'outside the work.' The dish is so called as it is not part of the main course.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • hors d'oeuvre — hors d oeuvre …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Hors d'oeuvre — Sn Vorspeise, Nebensache per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. hors d oeuvre Nebensache (eigentlich außerhalb des Werks ). Hauptanwendungsbereich des Wortes ist die Bezeichung der Vorspeisen, für die das Wort auch entlehnt …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • hors d'oeuvre — [ôr΄dʉrv′; ] Fr [ ō̂r dë′vr ] n. pl. hors d oeuvres [dʉrvz′] or Fr. hors d oeuvre [dë′vr ] [Fr, lit., outside of work < hors, outside (< L foris) + de, of (see DE ) + oeuvre, work (< L opera, works)] a small portion of a tasty food… …   English World dictionary

  • hors d'oeuvre — 1714, as an adverb, out of the ordinary, from Fr. hors d oeuvre, outside the ordinary courses (of a meal), lit. apart from the main work, from hors, variant of fors outside (from L. fortis) + de from + oeuvre work, from L. opera, (see OPUS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • hors-d'oeuvre — hors d oeu·vre s.m.inv. ES fr. {{wmetafile0}} antipasto {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1766. ETIMO: fr. hors d oeuvre propr. parte aggiunta di una costruzione , comp. di hors fuori e oeuvre opera …   Dizionario italiano

  • hors-d'oeuvre — n. m. inv. d1./d ARCHI Pièce qui fait saillie, dans un édifice. d2./d Cour. Mets servi au début du repas. Des hors d oeuvre variés …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hors-d'oeuvre — /fr. ˌɔrˈdœvʀ/ [vc. fr., letteralmente «fuori (hors) d opera (d oeuvre)», col significato di «parte accessoria»] loc. sost. m. inv. antipasto, stuzzichino, appetizer (ingl.) …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Hors d'oeuvre — Hors d [oe]uvre ; pl. {Hors d [oe]uveres}. [F., lit., outside of work.] 1. Something unusual or extraordinary. [R.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. A dish served as a relish, usually at the beginning of a meal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hors d'oeuvre — ► NOUN (pl. same or hors d oeuvres) ▪ a savoury appetizer. ORIGIN French, outside the work …   English terms dictionary

  • Hors d'oeuvre — (fr., spr. Hohr döwr), 1) Nebensache, Nebenwerk; 2) Nebenspeise; 3) tadelnswerthe Abschweifung vom Hauptgegenstande …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Hors d'oeuvre — (franz. hor döwr), Nebensache; Abschweifung in der Rede …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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