Appetizer vs appetiser

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An appetizer is a small dish or drink ingested before a meal in order to stimulate the appetite. Appetizer is a noun formed from the word appetize, to make hungry. Appetizer is the North American spelling. 1820

Appetiser is the preferred British spelling. The American spelling of appetizer is also considered correct and is gaining acceptance around the world

Appetizer and appetiser are examples of a group of words that are spelled with a “z” in American English and with an “s” in British English. The first use of the word appetizer occurred in 1820.


What constitutes the right appetizers or snacks typically depends on the atmosphere of your holiday celebration. (The Sun Chronicle)

Appetizers are such a great way to make guests feel welcomed and special, but can take as much time to prepare as a main dish. (The Daily Times)

Having a table full of premade appetizers is a great way to not only save time, but keep your guests busy. (Headlines & Global News)

“Potatoes often get picked on, but these bite-sized appetizers are a good source of potassium and vitamin C,” she says. (U.S. News & World Report)

Instead of focusing on several sides to accompany your barbecue favourites, consider offering your guests an array of seasonal appetisers to complement your main course. (The Times of Oman)

Pranzo, however, believes in big portions when it comes to salads, appetisers and the main course (The Express Tribune)

The massacre in the woods and the battle at the butcher’s last week were just the appetisers for the feast we got this time round. (The Independent)

Boasting a delicious pub food-inspired food menu as sophisticated as its surroundings, amazing appetisers and entrées beckon you to continue onto their selection of burgers and gourmet hot dogs. (The Star Observer)