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A main course is the featured or primary dish in a meal consisting of several courses. It usually follows the entrée ("entry") course.
In the United States and Canada (except Quebec), the main course is traditionally called an "entrée". 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") retains the original French meaning of a substantial meat course.