[an-uh-set, -zet, an-uh-set, -zet]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anisette

Historical Examples of anisette

  • Then too, she had often helped her mother empty a bottle of anisette.


    Emile Zola

  • Bibi-the-Smoker rose from his seat to fetch her a glass of anisette.


    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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for anisette



a liquorice-flavoured liqueur made from aniseed

Word Origin for anisette

C19: from French; see anise, -ette
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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