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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.
- "entrée". ENTRÉE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Cambridge Dictionary.
- 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.
- "You are what you eat — and how you translate the menu". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- Vergé, Roger (1996). The Main Course. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-83638-2. Retrieved May 25, 2017.