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.