What's the difference between appetizers and hors d'oeuvre? Appetizers are the little things you keep eating until you lose your appetite ~ Joe Moore Hors d’oeuvres: A ham sandwich cut into 40 pieces~Jack Benny
The terms hors d'oeuvre and appetizers are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference: hors d'oeuvre, which is French for "out of work" but translates to "outside the meal" is generally a one-bite item that's either stationary or passed and served separate from or prior to a meal. Appetizers, on the other hand, appear as the first course when seated at the table and are often slightly larger. Appetizers should compliment the entrée.