snif·​ter ˈsnif-tər How to pronounce snifter (audio)
: a small drink of distilled liquor
: a short-stemmed goblet with a bowl narrowing toward the top

Examples of snifter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sidle up to the giant slab of black marble at the center and order some caviar and a snifter of Champagne. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 16 Jan. 2024 But for the ultimate in an elegant sipping tequila, soft as velvet, with sweet essences of pure agave, delicate herbs, and a touch of mint and eucalyptus, Puro Corazón deserves to be slowly savored in the most elegant of crystal snifters. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2023 You’re supposed to have a snifter of some sort. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 30 Nov. 2021 The flavors that are listed in this dark lager - ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon – definitely are on the palate, though don’t expect a big savory beer that demands a snifter. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 Dec. 2022 Come for the kickoff to try a snifter of Founders Brewing’s limited-edition Ultimate Oktoberfest barrel-aged Märzen ($8). Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Brandy snifter photos were a special occasion, something to get dressed up for. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2022 Then carefully pour that into a rocks glass (set aside) and a snifter. San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Then carefully balance the snifter on its side atop the rocks glass. San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021

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Word History


English dialect, sniff, snort, from Middle English, to sniff, snort

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snifter was in 1844

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“Snifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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