antipasto

Antipasto is a kind of appetizer, a small dish you order before your entree. Antipasto is on the menu at many Italian restaurants.

In Italy, a traditional meal begins with antipasto, which generally includes cheese, cured meat, and pickled vegetables. In the US, antipasto is thought of as an hors d’oeuvre or an appetizer. The word itself, antipasto, means "before the meal," from the roots anti-, "before," and pasto, "food." The plural of antipasto is antipasti.

Definitions of antipasto
  1. noun
    a course of appetizers in an Italian meal
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    type of:
    appetiser, appetizer, starter
    food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
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