snif·​ter | \ˈsnif-tər \

Definition of snifter 

1 : a small drink of distilled liquor

2 : a short-stemmed goblet with a bowl narrowing toward the top

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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 For instance, warm brandy is served in a snifter, which is wider at the bottom so there is more surface area, allowing for more evaporation. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Glassware just as important as the spirits it holds | Idaho Statesman," 31 Oct. 2017 The fruit was macerated with balsamic vinegar, lemon, sugar and black pepper, and served in a brandy snifter, giving it an elegant twist. Suzanne Loudermilk,, "Germano's Piattini brings old-world style to modern diners," 3 Aug. 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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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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