apéritif [ah-per-i- teef, uh-per-; French a-pey- ree- teef] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural a·pé·ri·tifs . [ah-per-i- teefs; French a-pey- ree- teef] /ɑˌpɛr ɪˈtifs; a peɪ riˈtif/ French a small drink of alcoholic liquor taken to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Also called apéritif wine. a wine served as an appetizer or cocktail. Origin of apéritif 1890–95;
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British Dictionary definitions for aperitif-wine an alcoholic drink, esp a wine, drunk before a meal to whet the appetite Word Origin
C19: from French, from Medieval Latin
aperitīvus, from Latin aperīre to open
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Word Origin and History for aperitif-wine aperitif n.
1894, "alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite," from French
apéritif "laxative, laxative liqueur," literally "opening," from Latin aperitivus, from aperire "to open" (see overt). Cf. Middle English apertive (adj.), a medical word meaning "capable of opening or dilating" (pores, etc.), early 15c.
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