Definition of absinthe in English:


(also absinth)

Pronunciation /ˈabˌsinTH/ /ˈæbˌsɪnθ/

Translate absinthe into Spanish


  • 1A potent green aniseed-flavored alcoholic spirit, made with the shrub wormwood.

    ‘Kerrie admitted having drunk two shots of absinthe, a shot of vodka and a can of Stella Artois lager on the night in question.’
    • ‘But no one, not even the manufacturers, claim that this new French product is actual absinthe.’
    • ‘Lesser quality absinthe was made by adding plant extracts to lower grade alcohol.’
    • ‘Eventually, one evening, while sitting in the town's Café de la Gare, Van Gogh hurled a full glass of absinthe at Gauguin before breaking down and being carried home to bed.’
    • ‘The mint-green of Aberline's absinthe shows up in the color of the lanterns on the Ripper's carriage, among other touches.’
    • ‘If you send me absinthe I will write a song for you.’
    • ‘To help fuel this weekend marathon the museum offered special guided tours throughout the night and served absinthe in the cafe.’
    • ‘Oddly absinthe was never banned in the UK, though that fact was glossed over when absinthe was relaunched in Britain in December 1998.’
    • ‘Drinking absinthe supposedly made people murderous; that claim has been thoroughly disproved and it is now legal in Canada.’
    • ‘Last night I bought a bottle of absinthe that is 89.9% It has some extreme warnings on it!’
    • ‘Sadly, that too has disappeared from Montmartre as absinthe is still illegal in France, and public drunkenness on the scale of Lautrec's is no more.’
    • ‘But the reality was that absinthe usually dulled artistic creativity rather than enhanced it.’
    • ‘A French friend has given me a bottle of absinthe, with what looks like a flattened tea-strainer attached.’
    • ‘Jack quickly doused the cubes with some water and then waited until they dissolved and flowed into the absinth.’
    • ‘One of my classmates procured an excellent bottle of sweet Champagne, and after two or three glasses of this, I downed a double shot of absinth.’
    • ‘There is no absinth like Czech absinth they say.’
    • ‘This substance is used in the drink absinth which is renowned for its potentially hallucinogenic qualities.’
  • 2

    another term for wormwood (sense 1)


Late Middle English from French absinthe, via Latin from Greek apsinthion ‘wormwood’.