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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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 That inspired her to create garden Leavitt, a cocktail with a strawberry-rhubarb shrub, Bluecoat American Dry Gin and Cocchi Americano Rosa, a pink aperitif wine, plus fresh lemon juice and orange bitters. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "New summer cocktail menus make the most of seasonal herbs and produce," 7 June 2018 The rules: Each round must contain an aperitif, a Dock Street brew, basic cocktail ingredients, and a secret, local ingredient. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Philly Beer Week: 20 sudsy events to keep you drinking," 31 May 2018 These true tales of women behaving badly are the perfect precursors to Ocean's 8 — a little aperitif for the main course. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "The Stories Of New York's Glamorous Grifters Are The Perfect Ocean's 8 Pregame," 1 June 2018 Crisp, affordable sparkling wine (think Prosecco) is the vacation pour of choice— keep the bottles poppin’. Bittersweet aperitifs like Campari and Aperol are the backbone of the spritz— and useful for stronger drinks too. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "How to Drink and Snack Like an Italian on Vacation," 25 Apr. 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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The first known use of aperitif was in 1894

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: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

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