ou·​zo | \ ˈü-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce ouzo (audio) , -(ˌ)zȯ \

Definition of ouzo

: a colorless anise-flavored unsweetened Greek liqueur

Examples of ouzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pour the ouzo or other alcohol into a small cup and then pour it over the cheese. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020 The ouzo adds a hint of anise flavor to the dish, which is balanced with a squeeze of lemon. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020 Pour the ouzo over the fish, then pack the salt mixture evenly over the bottom, top and sides of the salmon. Kara Elder, Twin Cities, 9 Aug. 2019 Already, its bar, stocked with choice whiskey, top-shelf liquors and ouzo, the spirit water of Greece. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, 12 July 2019 The pinch was felt immediately by British holidaymakers who will have suffered sticker shock upon buying an ouzo on the beach. Washington Post, 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of ouzo

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ouzo

Modern Greek

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“Ouzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouzo. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ouzo

: a strong, clear liquor from Greece

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