Definition of digestif in English:


Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈdʒɛstɪf//ˌdiːʒɛˈstiːf/


  • A drink, especially an alcoholic one, drunk before or after a meal in order to aid the digestion.

    • ‘With the prunes steeped in Armagnac, it's perfect for anyone who wants a pudding and a digestif at the same time.’
    • ‘‘It is a digestif that aids digestion in an after-dinner setting,’ said the executive, who declined to be named.’
    • ‘Once, a liqueur was generally accepted to be a sweet alcoholic drink, flavoured with fruit, herbs and spices and consumed as a digestif after a meal.’
    • ‘Forget sundowners - go for an 8pm dinner in one of the many fine restaurants, and have a digestif at one of the two harbourside bars while you stare out into the black bay.’
    • ‘Long days, if you're lucky, of still warm sunshine with a nip in the evening air that makes an aromatic log fire and an after-dinner digestif most welcome.’
    • ‘Only one booth remains filled, a party of lawyers lingering over their digestifs.’
    • ‘Over the digestifs, the president turned to him - no he hadn't, as some unkind souls suggested, mistaken him for the head waiter - and asked to speak to the chef.’
    • ‘As we relaxed with our digestifs, sinking further and further into the comfy sofas flanking the crackling warmth of the fire, I sleepily assessed the evening.’
    • ‘Even the complimentary grappa offered by the friendly host couldn't quite do its job as a digestif: we rolled out of there as helpless as babies.’
    • ‘He'd enjoy a scotch while he was waiting for his lunch, two glasses of beer with the food, and a digestif.’
    • ‘Each four-course meal, with wines, digestif and coffee, costs 75 leva a person.’
    • ‘As a result these drinks should be consumed in very small quantities, ideally as an aperitif or digestif.’
    • ‘There was no time to make light of the incident over a glass of Calvados and it was to be another 40 years before he and the family were to linger over a digestif together.’
    • ‘People were making their way home, enjoying a digestif before bed.’
    • ‘They are superb, and as a digestif after a meal they are without equal.’
    • ‘It was a bonus that our bill, when presented, was accompanied by a digestif for each at the table.’
    • ‘Whether you want an apéritif, digestif or something in between, ask the bar staff for a recommendation and they will gladly suggest something appropriate.’
    • ‘This is followed by coffee and a digestif (liqueur).’
    • ‘Of course, his first effort only hinted at the inspired potential of digestifs that, since they are both fermented and distilled, bridge the very different arts of winemaking and distillation.’
    • ‘Sherry, with a variety of styles from aperitif to digestif, deserves exploration.’


French, literally digestive.