Definition of aperitif in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɛrɪtiːf/
Pronunciation: /əˌpɛrɪˈtiːf/


An alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
Example sentences
  • I like to have two types of bubbles to hand at Christmas: a cheapie for Buck's fizz and impromptu parties and a decent Champagne to drink as an aperitif before lunch.
  • It is a very dry wine best drunk as an aperitif, and served slightly chilled.
  • Whiskey, aperitifs and wine were on hand, with some local beer thrown in for good measure.


Late 19th century: from French apéritif, from medieval Latin aperitivus, based on Latin aperire 'to open'.

Words that rhyme with aperitif

beef, belief, brief, chief, enfeoff, fief, grief, interleaf, leaf, Leif, lief, Mazar-e-Sharif, misbelief, motif, naif, O'Keeffe, reef, seif, Sharif, sheaf, shereef, sportif, Tenerife, thief

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