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.
- 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
An alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal.
Origin of aperitifFrench 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.