- 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
Related Words for aperitifbrandy, starter, drink, appetizer, aperitif, wine, cocktail, cordial, intoxicant, alcohol, booze, port, cognac, antipasto, canape, dip, tidbit, taste, sample, spread
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Historical Examples of aperitif
- an alcoholic drink, esp a wine, drunk before a meal to whet the appetite
Word Origin for apéritif
Word Origin and History for aperitif
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.