[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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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
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