a Provençal spread, used mainly in appetizers, consisting of black olives, capers, anchovies, seasonings, and olive oil
Origin of tapenadeFrench tapénade from Provençal tapenado from tapeno, caper
A spread of Provençal origin consisting of capers, black olives, and anchovies puréed with olive oil.
Origin of tapenadeFrench from Provençal tapenado tapeno caper variant of Occitan tàpero ( from Old Provençal, tapera ) ( from alteration, influenced by Old Provençal tapia rammed earth (since caper bushes frequently grow against walls of rustic buildings, traditionally made of rammed earth in Provence and Languedoc) ) ( of Latin capparis caper ; see caper 2. ) -ado n. suff. for a food or drink made from a particular ingredient ( from Old Provençal -ada ) ( from Latin -ata ) ( feminine of -atus ; see -ade . )
(countable and uncountable, plural tapenades)
French tapenade, from tapÃ©no, a ProvenÃ§al word for capers.