[mar-uh-skee-noh, -shee-]


a sweet cordial or liqueur distilled from marascas.

Origin of maraschino

From Italian, dating back to 1785–95; see origin at marasca, -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maraschino

Contemporary Examples of maraschino

Historical Examples of maraschino

  • The last I took were put up in maraschino and were not welcomed.

    Blue-grass and Broadway

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • Fetch me a little lemonade, and put one spoonful—only one—of maraschino in it.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • I hope you can get maraschino down easier than you pronounce it, sir.

  • I leave digestion to take its course, waiting for my mocha and maraschino.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • A maraschino cherry is placed on the very top of each service.

British Dictionary definitions for maraschino



a liqueur made from marasca cherries and flavoured with the kernels, having a taste like bitter almonds

Word Origin for maraschino

C18: from Italian; see marasca
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Word Origin and History for maraschino

1791, "cherry liqueur," from Italian maraschino "strong, sweet liqueur made from juice of the marasca" (a bitter black cherry), a shortening of amarasca, from amaro "bitter," from Latin amarus "sour," from PIE root *om- "raw, bitter." Maraschino cherry, one preserved in real or imitation maraschino, first recorded 1820.

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