amaretti


noun

  1. an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor.

pl n

  1. Italian almond biscuits

noun

  1. an Italian liqueur with a flavour of almonds

Italian almond-flavored liqueur, 1945 (the original brand, Amaretto di Saronno, dates to 1851), from the Italian word for almond (q.v.), which did not acquire the excrescent -l- of the English word. Sometimes confused with amoretto. Amoroso (literally “lover”), a type of sweetened sherry, is attested from c.1870.

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