Pronunciation: [KAN-uh-pay; KAN-uh-pee]

A small, decorative piece of bread (toasted or untoasted) topped with a savory garnish such as anchovy, cheese or some type of spread. Crackers or pastry may also be used as a base. Canapés may be simple or elaborate, hot or cold. They're usually served as an appetizer with cocktails. The word "canapé" is French for "couch." See also hors d'oeuvre.

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.

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