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English definition of “starter”

starter

noun [C]     /ˈstɑː.tər/ US  /ˈstɑːr.t̬ɚ/
a person , animal , or organization that is involved at the beginning of an activity , especially a race : Of the ten starters (= horses which started in the race ), two fell at the first fence .First and firstlyCompetitors and participants in sports and games [C] mainly UK a small dish served as the first part of a meal : We had soup / pâté / pasta as a starter.Meals and parts of meals
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