Definition of ouzo in English:



mass noun
  • A Greek aniseed-flavoured spirit.

    • ‘After a frightening, high-speed cab ride, we arrive and are greeted at the check-in counter with shots of pink ouzo.’
    • ‘And on a summer day, the seaside pines give off a scent as intoxicating as a carafe of ouzo.’
    • ‘We sniffed the open bottle of ouzo, our eyes watering.’
    • ‘Beer, ouzo, and brandy are the principal alcoholic beverages drunk by Cypriots.’
    • ‘Derek avoided the cloudy ouzo that most of the guests tossed back like water.’
    • ‘But unless you've got someone to guide you safely back to your welcoming bed, steer clear of the local hooch - ouzo - the Greek spirit flavoured with aniseed consumed diluted with water.’
    • ‘On a recent visit, sitting in a taverna, sipping ouzo, and discussing politics, I brought up the subject.’
    • ‘Yet here she was, her knees as rubbery as calamari and what felt like a triple shot of ouzo firing her blood.’
    • ‘Then there is the chance that, even if the chef is not suffering from the aftershocks of an overdose of ouzo, there may be no crockery left to serve it on.’
    • ‘Fennel, like liquorice, dill, tarragon, ouzo and pastis, is something you love or hate.’
    • ‘Apparently it contains brandy and ouzo, chased by a good suck on a sugar and coffee-coated lemon.’
    • ‘If you were lucky enough to see him perform on stage, you always had the feeling he might suddenly leap into the audience, grab you by the scruff of the neck and haul you up onstage to drink ouzo and dance with him.’
    • ‘A popular Greek drink is ouzo, a strong alcoholic drink flavored with anise.’
    • ‘The walls here are covered in murals of rugged countrysides and ruins, and the tables are often full of men who seem to have a lot to talk about over ouzo and snacks.’
    • ‘Jesse Webb did his best to resist the temptation of more ouzo and resorted instead to chewing his fingernails.’
    • ‘Cognac, champagne, Bordeaux, and ouzo are among the Western European product denominations which have already been protected by the European Union.’
    • ‘Soak the bread in the ouzo for at least 5 minutes.’
    • ‘A long table held an international array of booze, from Australian wine to Latvian vodka to a particularly unpleasant ouzo.’


Modern Greek.