Meaning of “canapé” in the English Dictionary

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canapénoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈkæn.ə.peɪ/ us /ˈkæn.ə.peɪ/

Examples from literature

  • Fruit cocktails of every kind, and canapés are in order for this commencement of the meal. 
  • If you have just a spoonful or so of peas, beans, spinach, cauliflower or asparagus you may use it in place of the fish, thus making a vegetable canapé. 
  • If, however, you serve cocktails in the drawing room with the accompanying caviar or lettuce sandwiches, or if you serve a canapé, do not repeat the latter as the opening of the dinner. 
  • The soup course may be preceded by one of fruit, where the cocktail or canapé has been served in the drawing room. 

(Definition of “canapé” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)