[ sliv-uh-vits, -wits, shliv- ]
/ ˈslɪv ə vɪts, -wɪts, ˈʃlɪv- /


a dry, usually colorless, slightly bitter plum brandy from E Europe.
Also sliv·o·vic, sliv·o·witz [sliv-uh-vits]. /ˈslɪv ə vɪts/.

Origin of slivovitz

1895–1900; <German Sliwowitz<Serbo-Croatian šljȉvovica, derivative of šljȉva plum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for slivovitz

  • I daresay they kept off the rheumatism by extra potations of slivovitz.

  • What have they to work for beyond the necessary quantity of maize, slivovitz, and tobacco?

  • There is a flask of slivovitz (the plum brandy of the country) underneath the seat, if you should require it.

    Dracula|Bram Stoker
  • "Nikola, serve rakija," said the Archimandrite, and Nikola filled two little glasses with slivovitz and put them before us.

British Dictionary definitions for slivovitz

/ (ˈslɪvəvɪts, ˈsliːvə-) /


a plum brandy from E Europe

Word Origin for slivovitz

from Serbo-Croat šljivovica, from sljiva plum
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