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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal.

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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