[sam-shoo, -syoo]


a Chinese liqueur distilled from millet or rice.

Origin of samshu

1690–1700; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) sàam-sìu, akin to Chinese sān shāo three boilings, brewings Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for samshu

Historical Examples of samshu

  • And then, I suppose, after being kicked for getting tipsy on samshu, the men never drink any more?

    Stan Lynn

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for samshu



an alcoholic drink from China that is made from fermented rice and resembles sake

Word Origin for samshu

C17: perhaps modification of Chinese shao chiu spirits that will burn, from shao to burn + chiu spirits
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