aperitif wine


[ah-per-i-teef, uh-per-; French a-pey-ree-teef]
noun, plural apéritifs [ah-per-i-teefs; French a-pey-ree-teef] .
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.

1890–95; < French (vin) apéritif; see aperitive

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apéritif (ɑːˌpɛrɪˈtiːf, əˌpɛr-)
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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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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