sliv·​o·​vitz ˈsli-və-ˌvits How to pronounce slivovitz (audio)
: a dry usually colorless plum brandy made especially in the Balkan countries

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My cousins in Podgorica are definitely drowning their sorrows in slivovitz right about now. Steven F. Shundich, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Serbian & Croatian šljivovica, from šljiva, sliva plum; akin to Russian sliva plum — more at livid

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slivovitz was in 1837

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“Slivovitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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