- A small dish or food item served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
- A food or drink that increases one's desire for more.
Late 19th century: from french appétiser, from appétit 'appetite'.
- The appetizer was a plate of shrimp cocktail.
- The appetizer platter was filled with a variety of small bites.
- The appetizer was a great way to start the meal.
- The appetizer was a combination of cheese and crackers.
- The appetizer was a cold soup that was perfect for the hot summer day.