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

Examples of ouzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web United Airlines is dreaming of moussaka and ouzo as the airline prepares to launch a new seasonal flight from Chicago to Athens this spring. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 George nearly smiles and pours me a shot of ouzo, a Greek aperitif flavored with star anise. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2023 The set of four glasses can hold 5 ounces, which is perfect for champagne, gin, ouzo, or vermouth before sitting down to a meal with friends or family. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 The full-tilt version of Greek Fest has music and ouzo and roasted lamb and dancing and more ouzo. Ian McNulty, NOLA.com, 24 Nov. 2020 From sipping ouzo by the Aegean to snapping a few windmill pics for Instagram, this is the perfect Mediterranean getaway. Lindsay Tigar, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 The blue and white seafront taverns add a small-town charm as leisurely ouzo drinkers fill their tables. Elinda Labropoulou, CNN, 20 Apr. 2023 Summer in Greece is a dreamy haze of sunshine, gelato, and ouzo. Alesandra Dubin, House Beautiful, 9 Mar. 2023 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

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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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“Ouzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouzo. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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