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[mahr-muh-leyd, mahr-muh-leyd] /ˈmɑr məˌleɪd, ˌmɑr məˈleɪd/
a jellylike preserve in which small pieces of fruit and fruit rind, as of oranges or lemons, are suspended.
Origin of marmalade
1515-25; < Portuguese marmelada quince jam, derivative of marmelo quince < Latin melimēlum a kind of apple < Greek melímēlon (méli honey + mêlon a fruit); see -ade1 Unabridged
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  • Fill them two thirds with apple, peach, or any other marmalade preferred, and send them to a hot oven twelve minutes.

  • "Esmé is the bravest man I know," said Reggie, taking some marmalade.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Charlie took out a chunk of bread, dabbed a spoonful of marmalade on top of it, and gave it to the lad.

  • Well, her ladyship is bent on making some marmalade and rhubarb jam.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • And I want my own tea and bread and butter and marmalade, and Susan's hot little made-overs.

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
  • Oh, no, indeed; he comes to get tea and toast and marmalade.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Cover it, and let it stew slowly till it is soft enough to mash to a marmalade.

  • Then we have eggs and finish up on jam or marmalade and honey.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • For five weeks that unopened jar of marmalade traveled with us, and the Englishman was content.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Any kind of fruit may be used instead of strawberries, as may also jelly or marmalade.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
British Dictionary definitions for marmalade


a preserve made by boiling the pulp and rind of citrus fruits, esp oranges, with sugar
(of cats) streaked orange or yellow and brown
Word Origin
C16: via French from Portuguese marmelada, from marmelo quince, from Latin, from Greek melimēlon, from meli honey + mēlon apple
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for marmalade

late 15c., from Middle French marmelade, from Portuguese marmelada "quince jelly, marmalade," from marmelo "quince," by dissimilation from Latin melimelum "sweet apple," originally "fruit of an apple tree grafted onto quince," from Greek melimelon, from meli "honey" (see Melissa) + melon "apple" (see malic). Extended 17c. to "preserve made from citrus fruit."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for marmalade



malarkey (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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