amaretto

[ am-uh-ret-oh, ah-muh- ]
/ ˌæm əˈrɛt oʊ, ˌɑ mə- /
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noun

an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor.

Nearby words

  1. amaranth family,
  2. amaranthaceous,
  3. amaranthine,
  4. amarelle,
  5. amaretti,
  6. amarillo,
  7. amarine,
  8. amarna,
  9. amaryllidaceous,
  10. amaryllis

Origin of amaretto

1975–80; < Italian, diminutive of amaro bitter < Latin amārus

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British Dictionary definitions for amaretto

amaretto

/ (æməˈrɛtəʊ) /

noun

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 amaretto

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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