[ ah-per-i-teef, uh-per-; French a-pey-ree-teef ]
/ ɑˌpɛr ɪˈtif, əˌpɛr-; French a peɪ riˈtif /
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noun, plural a·pé·ri·tifs [ah-per-i-teefs; French a-pey-ree-teef]. /ɑˌpɛr ɪˈtifs; French a peɪ riˈtif/.
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.
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Origin of apéritif
1890–95; <French (vin) apéritif;see aperitive
Words nearby apéritif
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How to use apéritif in a sentence
But the “yellow liquid” was actually a Ricard pastis, the anise-flavored aperitif, which is considerably stronger than wine.Tina Brown: No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered|Tina Brown|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The man will bring you an aperitif while I escape from this accursed frock coat.Ewing\'s Lady|Harry Leon Wilson
One could easily stimulate desire for food by swallowing a strong aperitif.Against The Grain|Joris-Karl Huysmans
A French cafe was installed there, and two or three soldiers were taking their aperitif before dinner out in the air.The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for apéritif
/ (ɑːˌpɛrɪˈtiːf, əˌpɛr-) /
an alcoholic drink, esp a wine, drunk before a meal to whet the appetite
Word Origin for apéritif
C19: from French, from Medieval Latin aperitīvus, from Latin aperīre to open
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