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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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Examples for amaretto
  • The winner blends tequila, amaretto and a couple of juices.
  • As the egg mixture thickens and lightens, gradually add the remaining amaretto.
British Dictionary definitions for amaretto

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 amaretto
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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