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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Season 3 production includes applejack, grappa, pastis and whiskey. cleveland, 18 May 2022 For a morning latte—or an afternoon pastis, if that's more your speed—head to this Arlesian institution run by former bullfighters. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Mar. 2021 French DJs perform, attendees participate in theme-appropriate activities such as Pétanque (French boules), and the bar dishes out pastis, wine, crêpes, and saucissons. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, 12 July 2019 Le Grenier brings a French touch to H Street NE, with half-price rosé all day and a special happy hour with free Kronenbourg beer and $2 pastis from 5 to 7 p.m. Washington Post, 11 July 2019 Outdoor bistro with wine, beer and pastis, vintage car show, a fashion show, children’s playground, French Quarter tours, music and a waiters race and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, 2 July 2019 Taking over the terrace of a local café, pastis and boules were both rolled out until the early hours, with competitive spirits high. Vogue, 26 July 2018 But opinion amid the pastis and theboules is solidly against the reduction. The Economist, 2 June 2018 The licorice flavor of the French pastis permeates the sauce along with garlic, leeks and herbs. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History


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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Cite this Entry

“Pastis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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