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[sliv-uh-vits, -wits, shliv-]
  1. a dry, usually colorless, slightly bitter plum brandy from E Europe.
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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
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Historical Examples of slivovitz

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

    Round About the Carpathians

    Andrew F. Crosse

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


    Bram Stoker

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for slivovitz


  1. a plum brandy from E Europe
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Word Origin for slivovitz

from Serbo-Croat šljivovica, from sljiva plum
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