An alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
More 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'.
Definition of aperitif in:
- The US English dictionary