apéritif

Pronunciation: [ah-pehr-uh-TEEF; ay-pehr-ee-TEEF]

A light alcoholic drink taken before lunch or dinner. Among the many popular apéritifs are amer picon, champagne, dubonnet, kir, lillet and sherry.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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