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[am-uh-ret-oh, ah-muh-]
  1. an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor.
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Origin of amaretto

1975–80; < Italian, diminutive of amaro bitter < Latin amārus
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  1. an Italian liqueur with a flavour of almonds
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Word Origin for amaretto

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


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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