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[mahrch-peyn] /ˈmɑrtʃˌpeɪn/
Origin of marchpane
1485-95; < French, dialectal variant of massepain, marcepain < Italian marzapane, orig. sugar-candy box, perhaps < Arabic mawthabān a seated king Unabridged
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  • She's the young limb o' mischief for whom I ravaged your stores of marchpane.

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
  • If your marchpane be Oyly in beating, then put to it as much Rose-water as will make it almost as thin as to ice.

    A Queens Delight Anonymous
  • With a nod to a couple of Archbishops Lady marchpane led the way to a little gallery whither the crowd had not penetrated.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • I am no fonder of scandal than you are, but if you do not meet my wishes I shall certainly confess the truth to marchpane.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • “See thou to the marchpane, Kat,” remarked she to Mistress Katherine, as she went to receive her guest.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • They shall have none of the marchpane thou didst make yestere'en, Priscilla!

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • In "Romeo and Juliet" one of the servants says: "Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane."

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for marchpane


an archaic word for marzipan (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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