Definition of snifter in English:


Syllabification: snif·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈsniftər


  • 1North American A footed glass that is wide at the bottom and tapers to the top, used for brandy and other drinks.
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    • Previously, brandy snifters and Scotch nosing glasses were used to taste bourbon, as the optimal glass for this spirit had never been developed.
    • My wedge of cheesecake was better than that, and so was the house chocolate sundae, served in a brandy snifter with a dense chocolate brownie at the bottom.
    • These are served in 5-ounce snifters because the shape of the glass allows customers to ‘nose’ a small tasting portion better.
  • 1.1 informal A small quantity of an alcoholic drink: care to join me for a snifter?
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    • On my last night I was sitting up having snifters of vodka until two in the morning with an agent.
    • He stood next to the drinks cabinet, treating himself to a snifter of the local liquor, an amethyst drink that smelt faintly floral.
    • Pull up a chair in front of the bar's open fire and enjoy winter snifters from an impressive whisky collection or a fine wine from a selected small grower.


mid 19th century: imitative; compare with dialect snift 'to snort'.

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