Definition of sambuca in English:

sambuca

noun

mass noun
  • An Italian aniseed-flavoured liqueur.

    ‘a glass of flaming sambuca’
    count noun ‘a good few sambucas were consumed before he finally tottered into a taxi’
    • ‘The bartender lines up two half-pint glasses and pours them full of sambuca, before flicking a match at them.’
    • ‘From a height of at least 1 foot, the forfeitee pours the flaming sambuca into the empty spare glass.’
    • ‘The number of people who finish the evening off with an amaretto, sambuca, cognac, or brandy is on the decline, he says.’

Origin

Italian, from Latin sambucus ‘elder tree’.

Pronunciation

sambuca

/samˈbʊkə/