snif·​ter | \ ˈsnif-tər How to pronounce snifter (audio) \

Definition of snifter

1 : a small drink of distilled liquor
2 : a short-stemmed goblet with a bowl narrowing toward the top

Examples of snifter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poured into a snifter, these are beers to savor through an evening, their complexities evolving as the minutes tick by. Star Tribune, "Boozy, barrel-aged beers perfect for cold weather," 16 Dec. 2020 Winners, drawn at random, will be able to buy an allotment of four beers and a snifter for $130. Josh Noel,, "Goose Island shifting first Bourbon County release to United Center drive-thru event due to COVID-19," 5 Oct. 2020 That’s a lot of backstory for a snifter of spirit at the end of dinner, but Guillaudeu isn’t afraid to get into heavy topics over dessert. Esther Mobley,, "Can drinking brandy help solve climate change?," 20 May 2020 Connoisseur reception tickets include all the benefits of early admission plus a private reception area with premium and large format beers, catered appetizers from local restaurants, coat check, private restrooms and a souvenir glass snifter. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! First Louisville Winter Beerfest lets you choose from 325+ different brews," 21 Jan. 2020 Connoisseur-reception: Same amenities as regular-admission plus private reception area with premium and large-format beers, catered appetizers, coat check, private restrooms and special souvenir glass snifter. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland Beerfest returning in 2020," 19 Nov. 2019 We were seated near the bar at a round, marble table with wide, cushioned chairs that were almost too comfortable, perhaps better to recline with a brandy snifter than to dine. Michael Mayo,, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 Samples, growlers, pints, snifters and goblets are offered, based on beer styles. Marc Bona,, "Fat Head's Brewery's Canton operation chugging along smoothly," 11 May 2018 The concoction stewed for about 5 minutes before Quinn pushed the plunger and poured the beer into a snifter. Josh Noel,, "You can make your own pastry stout at Beer Temple. But should you? We test it out," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of snifter

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snifter

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

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The first known use of snifter was in 1844

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“Snifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snifter

: a glass with a narrow rim, a wide bowl, and a short stem that is used especially for drinking brandy

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