1. a confection made of almonds reduced to a paste with sugar and often molded into various forms, usually diminutive fruits and vegetables.

Origin of marzipan

1535–45; < German < Italian marzapane. See marchpane
Also called marchpane. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for marzipan

Contemporary Examples of marzipan

Historical Examples of marzipan

  • In the evening, while I was absent, Lola stole some Marzipan.


    Henny Kindermann

  • Roll out the marzipan an inch thick and cut into rounds or squares.

    Candy-Making at Home

    Mary M. Wright

  • So it was from the burnt almonds and the two sticks of marzipan.

    A Young Girl's Diary

    An Anonymous Young Girl

  • For when we were in the street Father asked me: Why did Hella say that about marzipan?

    A Young Girl's Diary

    An Anonymous Young Girl

  • Careering busily about the kitchen were little pigs made of marzipan.

    The City Curious

    Jean de Bosschre

British Dictionary definitions for marzipan


  1. a paste made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, used to coat fruit cakes or moulded into sweetsAlso called (esp formerly): marchpane
  1. informal of or relating to the stratum of middle managers in a financial institution or other businessmarzipan layer job losses

Word Origin for marzipan

C19: via German from Italian marzapane. See marchpane
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Word Origin and History for marzipan

1901 (in modern use; earlier march payne, late 15c., from French or Dutch), from German Marzipan, from Italian marzapane "candy box," from Medieval Latin matapanus "small box," earlier, "coin bearing image of seated Christ" (altered in Italian by folk etymology as though from Latin Marci panis "bread of Mark"), of uncertain origin. One suggestion is that this is from Arabic mawthaban "king who sits still." Nobody seems to quite accept this, but nobody has a better idea. The Medieval Latin word also is the source of Spanish marzapan, French massepain.

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