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amaretto

[am-uh-ret-oh, ah-muh-] /ˌæm əˈrɛt oʊ, ˌɑ mə-/
noun
1.
an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80; < Italian, diminutive of amaro bitter < Latin amārus
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British Dictionary definitions for amaretti

amaretti

/æməˈrɛtɪ/
plural noun
1.
Italian almond biscuits
Word Origin
C20: from Italian amaro bitter

amaretto

/æməˈrɛtəʊ/
noun
1.
an Italian liqueur with a flavour of almonds
Word Origin
C20: from Italian amaro bitter
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Word Origin and History for amaretti

Amaretto

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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