Etymology
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aperitif (n.)

"alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite," 1890, from French apéritif "laxative, laxative liqueur," literally "opening," from Latin aperitivus, from aperire "to open, uncover," from a PIE compound *ap-wer-yo-, which is from *ap- "off, away" (see apo-) + the root *wer- (4) "to cover." A doublet of apertive.

updated on September 23, 2022

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Definitions of aperitif from WordNet

aperitif (n.)
alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer;
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