Typically, the main course is the meal that is the heaviest, heartiest, and most intricate or substantial on the menu. Typically, meat or fish is the main component; but, in vegetarian meals, the main dish will occasionally make an effort to resemble a meat 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.
- "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.