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.
Recent Examples on the Web This classic, bittersweet cocktail is a perfect aperitif. Arcelia Martin, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Combine the aperitif, vermouth, lime juice and syrup in the base of a cocktail shaker. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 Aperol, another less bitter and slightly sweeter aperitif, can be used in its place. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 Both underline that eyes are on the alcohol-free after-dinner and aperitif category. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 To produce their spirit-free libations, Perry and McLachlan followed a method similar to that of wine aperitif-making: maceration, blending, and adding sugar. Kat Odell, Vogue, 6 Jan. 2022 This zippy wine will make a nice aperitif to get the juices flowing before a meal. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2022 The pour is just an aperitif but also an enticing glimpse at what lies ahead. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Meant to replicate Campari, this Wilfred’s aperitif shares the same citrusy bitterness and vibrant red-orange hue of the iconic Italian liqueur. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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23 Apr 2022

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“Aperitif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aperitif. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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