ou·​zo ˈü-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce ouzo (audio)
: a colorless anise-flavored unsweetened Greek liqueur

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An island once known for its unspoiled beaches and local ouzo was now something closer to a holding center. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


Modern Greek

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ouzo was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Ouzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouzo. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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