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Dictionary Definition

snifter n : a globular glass with a small top; used for serving brandy [syn: brandy snifter, brandy glass]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a small alcoholic drink
  2. a pear-shaped glass similar to a brandy glass


a small alcoholic drink
a pear-shaped glass similar to a brandy glass


Extensive Definition

For other uses, see snifter (disambiguation).
left|thumb|100px|A snifter glassA snifter -- also called balloon or Bauble -- is a type of stemware, a short-stemmed glass whose main vessel has a wide bottom that narrows at the top. It is often used to serve brandy. The large surface area helps evaporate the brandy into aroma, while the narrow opening helps to trap the aroma of the drink in the glass. The glass is usually able to hold between 180-240 ml (6-8 oz) but one should pour only 60-90 ml (2-3 oz) at a time.
"Snifter," incidentally, is a British colloquialism for a small amount of alcohol in a glass.
snifter in Finnish: Aromilasi

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