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[an-uh-set, -zet, an-uh-set, -zet] /ˌæn əˈsɛt, -ˈzɛt, ˈæn əˌsɛt, -ˌzɛt/
a cordial or liqueur flavored with aniseed.
Origin of anisette
1830-40; < French, short for anisette de Bordeaux. See anise, -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Then too, she had often helped her mother empty a bottle of anisette.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Bibi-the-Smoker rose from his seat to fetch her a glass of anisette.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He returned to the table and drank a glass of anisette to steady his nerves.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • I goin' mek for you myself one anisette and one café royale ver' fine.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • I also gave her some ginger-bread, a handful of bonbons, some Krishnu wine, and some anisette.

    The Purple Cloud M.P. Shiel
  • Come, we will take a glass of anisette, and talk of something else—your trip, your family.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • All that weight of horror, between a good cigar and "a little glass of anisette, monsieur, if you won't take champagne."

    The Secret of the Night Gaston Leroux
  • I went to Jerez, with a letter from Pastia to a dealer in anisette whose house was the smugglers' meeting-place.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • An′iseed; anisette′, a cordial or liqueur prepared from anise seed.

  • Fellingham parried him with a sedate gravity of irony that was painfully perceptible to anisette.

British Dictionary definitions for anisette


/ˌænɪˈzɛt; -ˈsɛt/
a liquorice-flavoured liqueur made from aniseed
Word Origin
C19: from French; see anise, -ette
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anisette

"liqueur flavored with aniseed," 1837, from French Anisette de Bordeaux, from diminutive of anis (see anise).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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