Definitions

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

  • n. A colorless, unsweetened Greek liqueur flavored with anise.

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  • n. An anise-flavoured liqueur, popular in Greece.
  • n. A serving of this drink.

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

  • n. a Greek liquor flavored with anise

Etymologies

Modern Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek ούζο (ouzo), either from Turkish üzüm ("grape") or from the Italian uso Massalia (for use in Marseille) stamped on selected silkworm cocoons exported from Tyrnavos in the 19th century, standing for "superior quality". Other: from the ancient greek word όζω - οσμή (ózo - osmí = smell) because of the strong smell of the drink. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Erwin said the government was prepared to label ouzo and grappa as

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  • British Minister for Africa Peter Hain has spoken out strongly against the European Union's reluctance to honour its trade deal with South Africa because of disagreement over the use of the terms ouzo and grappa.

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  • Greece has also objected to local producers using the word ouzo which it believed was unique to that country.

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  • Ray draws the heavy drapes and turns off the Ray’s Diner sign, then walks three blocks to his flat on Commonwealth Avenue, bathes, and takes a streetcar to Diana’s Grocery, a Greek restaurant, where he will meet friends and sip ouzo from a coffee cup.

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  • It went well with a glass of rakı, the national alcoholic beverage of Turkey, known as ouzo to the Greeks.

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  • The right to use the names grappa, a traditional Italian distillate, and ouzo, which is Greek, are part of a wines and spirits addendum to the trade pact.

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  • "grappa" and "ouzo" - which the E.U. claims are for the exclusive use of its alcohol producers - could endanger implementation of the trade agreement.

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  • Greece is concerned about South Africa's marketing of alcoholic beverages under the name "ouzo," an anise-flavored liqueur, and may reject the dlrs 17 billion free-trade agreement, said Panayotis

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  • Greece also wants similar protection for its domestic "ouzo" producers, Lowe said.

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  • Negotiations broke down when Greece and Italy threatened to block the deal unless South Africa phased out the use of terms "ouzo" and

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