a sweet liqueur made from wine or grape juice combined with brandy or other spirits and often flavored with almonds, fruit, or fruit kernels.

Also rat·a·fee [rat-uh-fee] /ˌræt əˈfi/.

Origin of ratafia

Borrowed into English from French around 1690–1700
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ratafee (ˌrætəˈfiː)


any liqueur made from fruit or from brandy with added fruit
a flavouring essence made from almonds
Also called: ratafia biscuit mainly British a small macaroon flavoured with almonds

Word Origin for ratafia

C17: from West Indian Creole French
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Word Origin and History for ratafia

liqueur flavored with kernels of cherries, apricots, etc., 1690s, from French ratafia (17c.), of unknown origin; perhaps ultimately from the same source as arrack.

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