[ rat-uh-fee-uh ]
/ ˌræt əˈfi ə /


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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British Dictionary definitions for ratafia


ratafee (ˌrætəˈfiː)

/ (ˌrætəˈfɪə) /


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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