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apéritif

[ah-per-i-teef, uh-per-; French a-pey-ree-teef] /ɑˌpɛr ɪˈtif, əˌpɛr-; French a peɪ riˈtif/
noun, plural apéritifs
[ah-per-i-teefs; French a-pey-ree-teef] /ɑˌpɛr ɪˈtifs; French a peɪ riˈtif/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small drink of alcoholic liquor taken to stimulate the appetite before a meal.
2.
Also called apéritif wine. a wine served as an appetizer or cocktail.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French (vin) apéritif; see aperitive
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  • Admire artworks, shop for silks, and sip an aperitif at a rooftop bar in the city that never sleeps.
  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast in the garden or a romantic evening aperitif under the ancient olive.
  • For dining, guests can choose between three restaurants and an aperitif bar.
  • The signature afternoon tea includes tea sandwiches, sweets, scones and an aperitif.
  • It may not have been a break-out project for new talent, but it was a fitting aperitif for what is to come this week.
British Dictionary definitions for aperitif

apéritif

/ɑːˌpɛrɪˈtiːf; əˌpɛr-/
noun
1.
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
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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