anise

noun

an·​ise ˈa-nəs How to pronounce anise (audio)
 also  ə-ˈnēs
: a Eurasian annual herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the carrot family having carminative and aromatic seeds
also : aniseed

Examples of anise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Absinthe Verte was first released in 2007, and is made by infusing brandy with wormwood, anise, and fennel, distilling it, and then adding a range of botanicals to give it color and even more flavor. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2024 Titos Handmade Vodka 1 can or bottle of ginger beer 1 lemon Cinnamon sticks Star anise pods Step 1 Make the apple-spiced syrup: Heat the cider and brown sugar in a pot on the stove, and add cinnamon sticks and star anise pods to taste. Caroline Portillo, Charlotte Observer, 29 Jan. 2024 That core identity is lurking somewhere in the background, but it’s been embellished with notes of fruit and pear, along with a little menthol, cinnamon, and anise. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2024 Moet’s usual floral bouquet flourishes upon being poured, with lively bubbles and a scent of anise. John Mariani, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Then the palate opens with oak and grain, and evolves from there into classic bourbon notes of caramel, brown sugar, baked apple, cinnamon, and molasses, with just a touch of anise on the finish. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 2 Feb. 2024 Made with a non-alcoholic apéritif, charred grapefruit and tonic, the drink carries the complex anise, citrus and bitter notes of a boozy negroni without the alcohol. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 On the nose, the expression is fresh and teems with wet green grass on an apple orchard, vanilla bean, and a touch of anise. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 There’s also a bit of anise and menthol on the finish, which lingers for a while before fading away. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English anis, from Anglo-French, from Latin anisum, from Greek annēson, anison

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anise was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Anise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anise. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

anise

noun
an·​ise ˈan-əs How to pronounce anise (audio)
: an herb that is related to the carrot and produces seeds with an aroma
also : aniseed

Medical Definition

anise

noun
an·​ise ˈan-əs How to pronounce anise (audio)
: an herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the family Umbelliferae having carminative and aromatic seeds
also : aniseed

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