aperitif

noun
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.

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Cocchi Americano, an aperitif wine that contains an element called quinine that gives tonic water its bitter flavor, adds interesting dimension to this drink. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Oakland cocktail maven Ashley Rose Conway on rosé cocktails, summer parties," 5 July 2019 The herbaceous aperitifs, though, are more bitter than sweet, so that premeal drink will be less like a sugary frappé and more like an earthy refreshment. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 While the Aperol spritz is no doubt a refreshing beverage to drink in the sun, there are more options to be had in the spritz world than just the one bitter orange aperitif. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Three New Spritzes For Your Summer Day Drinking Needs," 2 June 2018 Ingredients: 1 oz Cynar (PS: Cynar is a bitter aperitif made with artichoke that has richer flavors of chicory, coffee, and chocolate) 1 oz Punt e Mes ½ oz Fresh orange juice 1 tsp. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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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18 Jul 2019

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aperitif

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aperitif

: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

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