antipasti


noun, plural an·ti·pas·tos, an·ti·pas·ti [an-ti-pah-stee, –pas-tee; Italian ahn-tee-pahs-tee] /ˌæn tɪˈpɑ sti, -ˈpæs ti; Italian ˌɑn tiˈpɑs ti/. Italian Cookery.

  1. a course of appetizers consisting of an assortment of foods, as olives, anchovies, sliced sausage, peppers, and artichoke hearts.

noun plural -tos

  1. a course of hors d’oeuvres in an Italian meal
n.

1934, from Italian antipasto, from anti- “before” (see ante) + pasto “food,” from Latin pascere “to feed” (see pastor). Earlier anglicized as antepast (1590).

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