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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This flavor acts as an appetite stimulant, so its presence may help a nonalcoholic cocktail play the role that traditional aperitifs do. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 23 Aug. 2019 This flavor acts as an appetite stimulant, so its presence may help a nonalcoholic cocktail play the role that traditional aperitifs do. M. Carrie Allan, Twin Cities, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 19 Aug. 2019 Pair your aperitif with oysters (obviously) and a lobster roll. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "10 Best Places to Drink Aperol Spritzes This Summer," 3 July 2019 This flavor acts as an appetite stimulant, so its presence may help a nonalcoholic cocktail play the role that traditional aperitifs do. M. Carrie Allan, Twin Cities, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 19 Aug. 2019 This flavor acts as an appetite stimulant, so its presence may help a nonalcoholic cocktail play the role that traditional aperitifs do. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 14 Aug. 2019 According to Marquis, more than simply tasting good and being refreshing, aperitifs actually act as a stimulant for the appetite. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Aperol May Be Part Of Your Favorite Summer Drink, But What Exactly Is It?," 25 July 2019 Along with sparkling wines, the menu also goes heavy on spritzes, mixing those bubbly bottles with various vermouths and aperitifs. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "First Look: Superkhana International brings a celebration of Indian food to gorgeous space in Logan Square," 11 July 2019 Lichine Appropriate as an aperitif, followed by extraordinary food-pairing possibilities and continued enjoyment after lunch or dinner. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Your guide to becoming a rosé expert," 6 July 2019

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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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aperitif

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aperitif

: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

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