aperitif

[ ah-per-i-teef, uh-per-; French a-pey-ree-teef ]SEE DEFINITION OF aperitif
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The man will bring you an aperitif while I escape from this accursed frock coat.

A French cafe was installed there, and two or three soldiers were taking their aperitif before dinner out in the air.

WORD ORIGIN

1894, "alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite," from French apéritif "laxative, laxative liqueur," literally "opening," from Latin aperitivus, from aperire "to open" (see overt). Cf. Middle English apertive (adj.), a medical word meaning "capable of opening or dilating" (pores, etc.), early 15c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR APERITIF

appetizer

nounsnack before meal
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