Pronunciation: [SMOHR-guhs-bohrd; SCHMOHR-guhs-bohrd]
Sw. Swedish for "bread and butter table," smorgasbord has come to refer to a buffet consisting of a variety of foods such as various hors d'oeuvre, open-faced sandwiches, salads, cooked vegetables (which may be served hot or cold), pickled or marinated fish, sliced meats, cheeses and desserts. A smorgasbord may be simple or elaborate and can consist entirely of appetizers or make up the entire meal.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.