Origin of marchpane

1485–95; < French, dialectal variant of massepain, marcepain < Italian marzapane, orig. sugar-candy box, perhaps < Arabic mawthabān a seated king Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for marchpane

Historical Examples of marchpane

  • She's the young limb o' mischief for whom I ravaged your stores of marchpane.

    My Friend Prospero

    Henry Harland

  • If your Marchpane be Oyly in beating, then put to it as much Rose-water as will make it almost as thin as to ice.

  • With a nod to a couple of Archbishops Lady Marchpane led the way to a little gallery whither the crowd had not penetrated.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • I am no fonder of scandal than you are, but if you do not meet my wishes I shall certainly confess the truth to Marchpane.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • “See thou to the marchpane, Kat,” remarked she to Mistress Katherine, as she went to receive her guest.

    Mistress Margery

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for marchpane


  1. an archaic word for marzipan (def. 1)

Word Origin for marchpane

C15: from French
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