Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A French licorice-flavored liqueur, usually drunk as an apéritif.

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  • n. A liqueur containing aniseed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An anise-based liqueur similar to absinthe but yellowish in color and containing no wormwood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. similar to absinthe but containing no wormwood

Etymologies

French, muddle, pastis, from Old Provençal pastitz, paste, pasty, from Vulgar Latin *pastīcium; see patisserie.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • According to the Fourth Edition of Food Lover's Companion, it is used to flavor drinks such as pastis, arrack, anisette, and Ouzo.

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  • I say this as someone who has been working as an academic in French studies for more than 20 years and always hated the fantasy version of France and, in particular, the image of snooty tourists sipping pastis in the Dordogne.

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  • My friends and neighbors like to play, or maybe they just come for the pastis and wine?

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  • I continued to sip my pastis and watch the village unfold.

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  • The root of the fennel we eat comes from a plant that looks similar but is Foeniculum vulgare used for the root and to make various anis drinks like absinth, ouzo arak, pernod, pastis etc so popular in Souther Europe, Greece, Turkey etc..

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  • But where are the pictures of the hot soak and pastis?

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  • A Rapscallion a smoky Manhattan made with sweet Sherry and a pastis rinse and a warm gløgg—mulled wine dosed with raisins and nuts—were soon on the way.

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  • Taking a pastis here is like being on the set of a classic noir movie while waiting for Peter Lorre to make an entrance.

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