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[oo-zoh; Greek oo-zaw] /ˈu zoʊ; Greek ˈu zɔ/
an anise-flavored, colorless liqueur of Greece.
Origin of ouzo
1895-1900; < Modern Greek oûzo(n); etymology uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ouzo
  • Their sour taste perfectly complements the sweet and strong, anise-flavored ouzo or raki.
  • Stay away from the ouzo unless you want to wake up wondering what happened to your head.
British Dictionary definitions for ouzo


a strong aniseed-flavoured spirit from Greece
Word Origin
Modern Greek ouzon, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ouzo

liquor flavored with aniseed, 1898, from Modern Greek ouzo, of uncertain origin. One theory [OED] is that it derives from Italian uso Massalia, literally "for Marsailles," which was stamped on selected packages of silkworm cocoons being shipped from Thessaly, and came to be taken for "of superior quality."

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