- a sweet liqueur made from wine or grape juice combined with brandy or other spirits and often flavored with almonds, fruit, or fruit kernels.
- 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
liqueur flavored with kernels of cherries, apricots, etc., 1690s, from French ratafia (17c.), of unknown origin; perhaps ultimately from the same source as arrack.