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hors d'oeuvre

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Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show you a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass. The only men who are past the danger of making mistakes are the men who sleep at Greenwood.
H. L. Wayland
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English

Etymology

From French hors d'œuvre

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Noun

Singular
hors d'oeuvre

Plural
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  1. A light food, such as an appetizer, that is served before a meal.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Anything of secondary concern; not the primary one.

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Quotations

  • 1920G. 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.
  • 1925F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 3
    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.

French

Etymology

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

Noun

hors d'œuvre

  1. hors d'oeuvre

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