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.’
    • ‘The number of people who finish the evening off with an amaretto, sambuca, cognac, or brandy is on the decline, he says.’
    • ‘From a height of at least 1 foot, the forfeitee pours the flaming sambuca into the empty spare glass.’

Origin

Italian, from Latin sambucus elder tree.

Pronunciation

sambuca

/samˈbʊkə/