hors d'oeuvre -- for a reception

floppydream

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Bonjour

In english (AE) we use the word hors d'oeuvre when refering to very small portions served at large parties, receptions etc. I know that in French it refers to a first dish (otherwise known as une entrée) before le plat prinicipal -- but is it also used in this other context, where it is not part of a proper meal?

Merci beaucoup d'avance
 
  • wildan1

    Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)
    Bonjour

    In english (AE) we use the word hors d'oeuvre when refering to very small portions served at large parties, receptions etc. I know that in French it refers to a first dish (otherwise known as une entrée) before le plat prinicipal -- but is it also used in this other context, where it is not part of a proper meal?

    Merci beaucoup d'avance
    in France the hors d'oeuvre is a first course in a meal--what is called a starter in BE

    It has nothing to do with finger food
     
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