Aperitif



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.
Historical Examples

A French cafe was installed there, and two or three soldiers were taking their aperitif before dinner out in the air.
The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens

The man will bring you an aperitif while I escape from this accursed frock coat.
Ewing\’s Lady Harry Leon Wilson

noun
an alcoholic drink, esp a wine, drunk before a meal to whet the appetite
n.

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.

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