amaretti

amaretto

[am-uh-ret-oh, ah-muh-]
noun
an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor.

Origin:
1975–80; < Italian, diminutive of amaro bitter < Latin amārus

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amaretti (æməˈrɛtɪ)
 
pl n
Italian almond biscuits
 
[C20: from Italian amaro bitter]

amaretto (æməˈrɛtəʊ)
 
n
an Italian liqueur with a flavour of almonds
 
[C20: from Italian amaro bitter]

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Amaretto
It. almond-flavored liqueur, 1945 (the original brand, Amaretto di Saronno, dates to 1851), from the It. word for almond (q.v.), which did not acquire the excrescent -l- of the Eng. word. Sometimes confused with amoretto (1590s), from It., lit. "little love," a dim. of amore
"love." This word was variously applied to love sonnets, cupids, etc. Amoroso (lit. "lover"), a type of sweetened sherry, is attested from c.1870.
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