pastis

noun

pas·​tis pä-ˈstēs How to pronounce pastis (audio)
: a French liqueur flavored with aniseed

Examples of pastis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gainsbourg, who smoked five packs of unfiltered Gitanes cigarettes a day and was rarely seen without a glass of pastis in hand near the end of his life, died from his second heart attack in the bedroom upstairs. Catherine Bennett, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 This evening soiree, co-sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce and Things to Do D.C., features an open bar with French aperitifs, such as kir, kir royale and pastis; plenty of rosé and other French red and white wines; and European beers. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 With his tousled chestnut hair, sinewy physique and battered Roman nose, Mr. Belmondo personified the nonchalant antihero — the lackadaisical tough guy who could use his fists but would rather slug back a few pastis and see where life, or an adventurous woman, might take him. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2021 With his tousled chestnut hair, sinewy physique, and battered Roman nose, Mr. Belmondo personified the nonchalant antihero - the lackadaisical tough guy who could use his fists but would rather slug back a few pastis and see where life, or an adventurous woman, might take him. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Pour the pastis and lemon juice into the glass. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 This is your chance to try a variety of bonbons, including pineapple pastis, cinnamon praline, pistachio marzipan and fresh coconut. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 No need for mayonnaise or ketchup when there’s a broth of unsweetened coconut milk, pastis and mussel liquor on standby. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 Season 3 production includes applejack, grappa, pastis and whiskey. cleveland, 18 May 2022

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Word History

Etymology

French, from French dialect (Marseilles), literally, jumble, kind of pastry, from Occitan, from Old Occitan pastitz cake, from Vulgar Latin *pasticium

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pastis was in 1926

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“Pastis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pastis. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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