raki

noun
ra·​ki | \ rə-ˈkē How to pronounce raki (audio) ; ˈra-kē, ˈrä- \

Definition of raki

: a Turkish liqueur flavored with aniseed

Examples of raki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyond the kebabs, raki, Byzantine churches, and Ottoman mosques, there are also exciting modern developments that will add to the draw for travelers. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Cities in Europe," 8 July 2020 Pre-pandemic, my Friday nights in Istanbul often consisted of sharing mezzes and a bottle of raki at a Bosphorus meyhane (tavern), chased with dancing in a stuffy, windowless club. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Post-Lockdown, Istanbul's Residents Are Embracing Empty Palaces and Sunset Dance Parties," 30 June 2020 The same for Taksim Square, a ghostly memory of its mezzes-eating and raki-drinking past. Kahli Hindmarsh, National Geographic, "Will New Zealand show us the future of travel?," 5 May 2020 Secularists pick raki, a tipple best had with grilled fish and music. The Economist, "A nice cuppa taxpayers’ cash Why Turkey subsidises organic tea," 18 Dec. 2019 At a clutch of tavernas on the waterfront, locals nibble freshly caught shrimp and anchovies with a shot of raki in the Corinthian Gulf’s briny air. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Raki and Şalgam Suyu: Spotted at ala Turca in Hollywood, Florida What uzo is to the Greeks, raki is to the Turkish. Nikita Richardson, Bon Appetit, "The New Picklebacks: 7 Shot Combos That Go Beyond the Brine," 28 Apr. 2017 Raki and Şalgam Suyu: Spotted at ala Turca in Hollywood, Florida What uzo is to the Greeks, raki is to the Turkish. Nikita Richardson, Bon Appetit, "The New Picklebacks: 7 Shot Combos That Go Beyond the Brine," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of raki

circa 1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raki

Turkish, from Arabic 'araqī, literally, of liquor, from 'araq liquor, arrack

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“Raki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raki. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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