[pa-stees; French pas-tees]


a yellowish, anise-based liqueur originally made in Marseilles and similar to absinthe but containing no wormwood.

Origin of pastis

1925–30; < French < Provençal; Old Provençal pastitz pastry, pâté < Vulgar Latin *pastīcius; see pasticcio, patisserie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of pastis

  • We are immortal, and do not forget;We are eternal, and to us the pastIs as the future, present.

  • Silvius begat Æneas, from Æneas sprang Latinus, and Latinus was succeeded by Pastis.

British Dictionary definitions for pastis



an anise-flavoured alcoholic drink

Word Origin for pastis

from French, of uncertain origin
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