starter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"starter" in British English

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starternoun [C]

uk   /ˈstɑː.tər/  us   /ˈstɑːr.t̬ɚ/
[C] a ​smalldishserved as the first ​part of a ​meal: We had ​soup/​pâté/​pasta as a starter. something used to ​begin something: These are ​great starters for a ​lesson. 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.
(Definition of starter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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starternoun [C]

 us   /ˈstɑrt̬·ər/
a ​person, thing, or ​organization that is ​involved at the ​beginning of an ​activity, esp. a ​race: Only four of the ten starters ​finished the ​race.
(Definition of starter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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