A main course is the featured or primary dish in a meal consisting of several courses. It usually follows the entrée (lit.'entry') course.


In the United States and Canada (except Quebec), the main course is traditionally called an "entrée".[1][2][3] English-speaking Québécois follow the modern French use of the term entrée to refer to a dish served before the main course.

According to linguist Dan Jurafsky, North American usage ("entrée") comes from the original French meaning of the first of many meat courses.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "entrée". ENTRÉE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Cambridge Dictionary.
  2. ^ Stewart, Marjabelle Young and Elizabeth Lawrence (1999). Commonsense Etiquette: A Guide to Gracious, Simple Manners for the Twenty-First Century. St. Martin's Press. p. 99. ISBN 9780312242947.
  3. ^ "You are what you eat — and how you translate the menu". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ Porzucki, Nina (22 September 2014). "You are what you eat—and how you translate the menu". The World from PRX. Archived from the original on 13 May 2023. Retrieved 2024-03-11.