aper·​i·​tif | \ə-ˌper-ə-ˈtēf, a-;ˌä-pər-(ə-)ˈtēf\

Definition of aperitif 

: an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer

Examples of aperitif in a Sentence

They served us champagne as an aperitif.

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The Adonis substituted sweet vermouth for the dry, producing a fruitier, brighter aperitif. Jane Black, New York Times, "In Summer’s Heat, Lighter Cocktails Keep You on Your Feet," 18 May 2018 At the Loyal in Greenwich Village, the cocktail is offered in different versions, including one made with the addition of Italicus, an Italian aperitif that is also trending now. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Frosé’s Moment in the Sun Begins to Melt," 16 Sep. 2018 Pampelonne, marketed in packs of four 250-milliliter cans, with straws, is a fun, tasty drink for picnics, patios, pools or aperitifs. Dave Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "The next generation of wine coolers tastes like fun," 20 Aug. 2018 In the guise of an aperitif, the house this week is offering up an exuberant ode to nature’s vivacity. Vogue, "Boucheron Is Using Leading-Edge Scientific Techniques to Fashion Incredibly Lifelike Jewels," 2 July 2018 Minor, inconsequential, wan, harshly acidic are among the ways it is usually described — fit only as the base wine for a kir, an aperitif made by blending it with crème de cassis. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Aligoté Defense Rests," 28 June 2018 Small ceramic jars of Dijon sit on each table; there’s Kronenbourg 1664 on tap and an expansive list of aperitifs and digestifs; waiters wear black bowties and white button downs. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Valley’s New Petit Trois Might Be The Most French Restaurant in L.A.," 2 May 2018 Start on the main square with an aperitif at Sommaripa Consolato, the ideal Greek all-day café with a nice but unfussy design and a small terrace with views of the port. Laura Itzkowitz, GQ, "Skip Santorini and Head to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead," 14 June 2018 Kir drank his Aligoté with a floater of the local blackcurrant liqueur called crème de cassis, resulting in the classic French aperitif that now bears his name. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Alternatives to Burgundy, from Burgundy," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of aperitif

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aperitif

borrowed from French apéritif, from apéritif, adjective, "aperient, stimulating appetite," going back to Old French aperitif "aperient," borrowed from Medieval Latin aperitīvus, variant of Late Latin apertīvus, from Latin apertus, past participle of aperīre "to open" + -īvus -ive — more at aperient

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English Language Learners Definition of aperitif

: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

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