apéritif

[ah-per-i-teef, uh-per-; French a-pey-ree-teef]
noun, plural apéritifs [ah-per-i-teefs; French a-pey-ree-teef] .
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:
1890–95; < French (vin) apéritif; see aperitive

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apéritif (ɑːˌpɛrɪˈtiːf, əˌpɛr-)
 
n
an alcoholic drink, esp a wine, drunk before a meal to whet the appetite
 
[C19: from French, from Medieval Latin aperitīvus, from Latin aperīre to open]

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aperitif
1894, "alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite," from Fr. apéritif "laxative, laxative liqueur," lit. "opening," from L. aperitivus, from aperire "to open" (see overt).
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Example sentences
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.
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