Discussion in 'English Only' started by Maricles, Nov 11, 2005.
What does the phrase "a three course meal" mean?
A meal composed of three servings - usually appetizer, entree, and dessert.
In British English we'd call the three courses:
starter (also known as "entrée")
dessert (or "pudding" or "sweet")
In Britain, a 3 course meal could be
An important difference between BE and AE is that
in the US, the entree is the main course.
In France, Britain, Australia, &c an entree is a small course served after the soup and before the main course.
Some restaurants will offer a choice of fish or meat entree.
Some really grand dinners will serve soup, fish, entree, main course, dessert.
Many restaurants will offer the same dish as either an entree size (smaller size) or main course size (full size).
This would make no sense at all to an American.
So now maybe Americans get an idea for what it's like for other native English speakers when they land in America? Sad but true: I've been reduced to speaking Spanish to get questions answered and make myself understood - my English accent blew way too many texan circuits and when it came down to stuff like this life started becoming laughably complex.
In certain restaurants, mainly French restaurants, "entrée" is used to describe what most Americans know as an appetizer. In this case, their menu follows the "European" model.
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