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 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 Two 12-ounce cans of Evasion and a commemorative snifter glass are included in the ticket price. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best Indianapolis food and drink events in April," 2 Apr. 2018 So raise your favorite snifter or stein and get ready to experience the adults-only side of Louisville’s largest annual civic celebration, the Kentucky Derby Festival. Kentucky Derby Festival, The Courier-Journal, "Sipping Your Way Through The Kentucky Derby Festival," 21 Mar. 2018 Brandy still suffers from a stuffy image of snifters and smoking jackets, and thousand-dollar bottlings in crystal decanters. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "To Make Its Case, Armagnac Has to Teach the Teachers," 18 Dec. 2017 And of course, appropriate glassware, such as a snifter, makes a real difference. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Big beers: They offer lots of oomph and plenty of flavor for wintertime socializing," 9 Dec. 2017

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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