The main course is the featured or primary dish in a meal consisting of several courses. It usually follows the entrée (“entry”) course.
The main dish is usually the heaviest, heartiest, and most complex or substantial dish on a menu. The main ingredient is usually meat, fish or another protein source. It is most often preceded by an appetizer, soup or salad, and followed by a dessert. For those reasons the main course is sometimes referred to as the “meat course”.