aper·​i·​tif | \ ə-ˌper-ə-ˈtēf How to pronounce aperitif (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Dry and savory with aromas of citrus and red fruit—a good match with food as well as a refreshing aperitif. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Prosecco Rosé: The Bottles Actually Worth Buying This Summer," 29 Apr. 2021 Ghia launched its signature non-alcoholic aperitif last summer to much acclaim. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, "Cult-Loved Non-Alcoholic Brand Ghia Enters The RTD Market," 28 Apr. 2021 Massimo Serpelloni, bar manager at Mr Fogg’s, created this G&T using Bombay Bramble gin (which is infused with raspberries and blackberries) and a touch of bitter aperitif. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, "11 Creative Takes on the Gin & Tonic From Some of the World’s Best Bars," 21 Apr. 2021 Go for a recipe that uses red wine, red vermouth, lavender bitters or a grapey-tasting aperitif or digestif (such as Byrrh or Mirto). Amanda Schuster, Forbes, "How To Make Cocktails Purple, Demonstrated With Prince-Inspired Recipes," 15 Apr. 2021 Look for bittersweet Italian sodas like Sanbitter and Chinotto, which have many of the same botanical flavors as aperitif liqueurs minus the booze. Casey Barber, CNN, "This New Year's Eve, enjoy a simple celebration at home," 30 Dec. 2020 Or how about Peanut and Vanilla Torito, a rich aperitif from cookbook author and public television host Pati Jinich? Washington Post, "Why you’ll always find sweetened condensed milk in my kitchen (or mouth)," 24 Dec. 2020 Design it as a coffee and cocoa station, a martini bar, or a place to pour an aperitif or perch a punchbowl. Match your style. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The bar cart is back: 10 top-shelf tips for more stylish sips," 27 Nov. 2020 Since launching last year, the Healdsburg aperitif company has won fans for its sleek bottle design, its transparency around ingredient sourcing and its of-the-moment flavor combinations like Ginger Yuzu, Spiced Cherry and Rose Rosé. San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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5 May 2021

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“Aperitif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aperitif. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aperitif

: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

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