Definition of aperitivo in English:


Pronunciation /əpɛrəˈtiːvəʊ/


  • 1Chiefly in Italian contexts A (usually alcoholic) drink served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.

  • 2Chiefly in Italian contexts A light savoury snack served alongside a (usually alcoholic) drink, typically to whet the appetite before a meal. Chiefly in plural.


1920s; earliest use found in The New York Times Magazine. From Italian aperitivo, use as noun (after French apéritif) of aperitivo.