[am-uh-ret-oh, ah-muh-]


an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor.

Origin of amaretto

1975–80; < Italian, diminutive of amaro bitter < Latin amārus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for amaretti


pl n

Italian almond biscuits

Word Origin for amaretti

C20: from Italian amaro bitter



an Italian liqueur with a flavour of almonds

Word Origin for amaretto

C20: from Italian amaro bitter
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Word Origin and History for amaretti


Italian almond-flavored liqueur, 1945 (the original brand, Amaretto di Saronno, dates to 1851), from the Italian word for almond (q.v.), which did not acquire the excrescent -l- of the English word. Sometimes confused with amoretto. Amoroso (literally "lover"), a type of sweetened sherry, is attested from c.1870.

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