Having a cocktail before dinner is an example of an aperitif.
- 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 of aperitifFrench apéritif ; from Classical Latin apertus: see aperture
Origin of aperitifFrench, from Old French aperitif, purgative, from Medieval Latin aperit&imacron;vus, from Late Latin apert&imacron;vus, from Latin apertus, past participle of aper&imacron;re, to open; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.