- The definition of aperitif is a cocktail or wine taken as an appetizer before a meal.
Having a cocktail before dinner is an example of an aperitif.
aperitif definition by Webster's New World
- an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite
- any of certain wines flavored with herbs and other substances, used as a cocktail ingredient or drunk before meals
Origin: French apéritif ; from Classical Latin apertus: see aperture
aperitif definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from Old French aperitif, purgative, from Medieval Latin aperitīvus, from Late Latin apertīvus, from Latin apertus, past participle of aperīre, to open; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.