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.
an alcoholic drink, esp a wine, drunk before a meal to whet the appetite
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.
. having a stimulating effect on the appetite. an . an appetite stimulant. Historical Examples The aperitive virtue of a key, the attractive virtue of a hook. Pascal’s Penses Blaise Pascal The aperitive virtue of a key, the attractive virtue of a crook. The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal Aperient roots,1535 aperitive species; Species […]
- Apert’s syndrome
apert’s syndrome Apert’s syndrome A·pert’s syndrome (ə-pěrz’) n. See type I acrocephalosyndactyly.
apertognathia apertognathia a·per·tog·na·thi·a (ə-pûr’tŏg-nā’thē-ə, -tō-nāth’ē-ə) n. A type of malocclusion characterized by the premature occlusion of posterior teeth and the absence of anterior occlusion. Also called open bite.
- Apert-crouzon syndrome
apert-crouzon syndrome Apert-Crouzon syndrome A·pert-Crouzon syndrome (ə-pěr’-) n. See type II acrocephalosyndactyly.