an·​is·​ette ˌa-nə-ˈset How to pronounce anisette (audio) -ˈzet How to pronounce anisette (audio)
: a usually colorless sweet liqueur flavored with aniseed

Examples of anisette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For this Swiss Russian writer, the thrill of sensation came in tasting cigarettes, anisette, and other bodies. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, 4 Apr. 2023 Consistent spice aromas, especially clove, nutmeg, and anisette, alongside notes of dark chocolate, cedar, and pipe tobacco speak to the oak aging the wines received, while enticing flavors of cassis, purple plum, and black cherry are evidence of the hot and dry summer. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2023 Another friend, Rona Middleberg, a former N.Y.U. administrator who lives in the Village, loves the anisette toast. Reggie Nadelson, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 My only strong piece of advice is to use real absinthe, and not try to cheat it with anisette or something—yes, absinthe is expensive, but one bottle will make several hundred cocktails. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 7 Oct. 2021 The flavors include black lava sea salt, anisette and cinnamon clove. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, 10 Nov. 2020 And then another, sometimes with a miniature of anisette. Rafael Alvarez, CNN, 27 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


French, from anis

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anisette was in 1795

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“Anisette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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