[ oo-zoh; Greek oo-zaw ]
/ ˈu zoʊ; Greek ˈu zɔ /


an anise-flavored, colorless liqueur of Greece.

Origin of ouzo

1895–1900; < Modern Greek oûzo(n); etymology uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for ouzo


/ (ˈuːzəʊ) /


a strong aniseed-flavoured spirit from Greece

Word Origin for ouzo

Modern Greek ouzon, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ouzo



liquor flavored with aniseed, 1898, from Modern Greek ouzo, of uncertain origin. One theory [OED] is that it derives from Italian uso Massalia, literally "for Marsailles," which was stamped on selected packages of silkworm cocoons being shipped from Thessaly, and came to be taken for "of superior quality."

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