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[mar-uh-skee-noh, -shee-] /ˌmær əˈski noʊ, -ˈʃi-/
a sweet cordial or liqueur distilled from marascas.
Origin of maraschino
From Italian, dating back to 1785-95; See origin at marasca, -ine1 Unabridged
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  • The last I took were put up in maraschino and were not welcomed.

    Blue-grass and Broadway Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Fetch me a little lemonade, and put one spoonful—only one—of maraschino in it.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • I hope you can get maraschino down easier than you pronounce it, sir.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • I leave digestion to take its course, waiting for my mocha and maraschino.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • A maraschino cherry is placed on the very top of each service.

  • Add the maraschino, rum, and brandy, and strain the whole into another bowl.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Then pour over them a glass of sherry, a glass of brandy, and a glass of maraschino.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • If handy, a glass of maraschino, substituted for brandy, makes them delicious.

British Dictionary definitions for maraschino


/ˌmærəˈskiːnəʊ; -ˈʃiːnəʊ/
a liqueur made from marasca cherries and flavoured with the kernels, having a taste like bitter almonds
Word Origin
C18: from Italian; see marasca
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Word Origin and History for maraschino

1791, "cherry liqueur," from Italian maraschino "strong, sweet liqueur made from juice of the marasca" (a bitter black cherry), a shortening of amarasca, from amaro "bitter," from Latin amarus "sour," from PIE root *om- "raw, bitter." Maraschino cherry, one preserved in real or imitation maraschino, first recorded 1820.

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