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.
Recent Examples of aperitif from the Web
This wine is meant to be drunk young, as an aperitif or (naturally) with seafood.
Walls are cool pewter gray and linens are crisp; on the landing overlooking the courtyard, hanging chairs swing in the late-day breeze. Aperitifs of cold sparkling wine mixed with a splash of Suze, an herby liqueur, are served in bistro glasses.
Bartenders Valerie Bancroft, Ian Rogers, Erik Frank and Michael McCurry formulated the aperitifs highlighting summer flavors like limoncello, watermelon juice and strawberry shrub.
A bittersweet aperitif, the Negroni (gin, Campari and sweet vermouth) is versatile.
The aperitif wine Cocchi Rosa adds a lightly sweet, fruity note and the bitterness of quinine.
The meaning would seem to be fairly obvious: An aperitif is something to drink before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
Like the book, The Dinner is organized around the various stages of a gourmet meal: aperitifs, appetizers, entrees, cheese course, dessert, digestifs.
Though those one-shot aperitif glasses are kind of cute.
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Origin and Etymology of aperitif
French apéritif aperient, aperitif, from Middle French aperitif, adjective, aperient, from Medieval Latin aperitivus, irregular from Latin aperire
First Known Use: 1894See Words from the same year
APERITIF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aperitif for English Language Learners
: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal
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