[ sam-shoo, -syoo ]
/ ˈsæm ʃu, -syu /


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

  • 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


/ (ˈsæmʃuː, -sjuː) /


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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