noun \ə-ˌper-ə-ˈtēf, a-; ˌä-pər-(ə-)ˈtēf\

: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

Full Definition of APERITIF

:  an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer

Examples of APERITIF

  1. They served us champagne as an aperitif.

Origin of APERITIF

French apéritif aperient, aperitif, from Middle French aperitif, adjective, aperient, from Medieval Latin aperitivus, irregular from Latin aperire
First Known Use: 1894

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Rhymes with APERITIF


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