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[mahrch-peyn] /ˈmɑrtʃˌpeɪn/
Origin of marchpane
1485-95; < French, dialectal variant of massepain, marcepain < Italian marzapane, orig. sugar-candy box, perhaps < Arabic mawthabān a seated king Unabridged
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  • If your marchpane be Oyly in beating, then put to it as much Rose-water as will make it almost as thin as to ice.

    A Queens Delight Anonymous
  • She's the young limb o' mischief for whom I ravaged your stores of marchpane.

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
  • In "Romeo and Juliet" one of the servants says: "Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane."

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • With a nod to a couple of Archbishops Lady marchpane led the way to a little gallery whither the crowd had not penetrated.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • I am no fonder of scandal than you are, but if you do not meet my wishes I shall certainly confess the truth to marchpane.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • “See thou to the marchpane, Kat,” remarked she to Mistress Katherine, as she went to receive her guest.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • They shall have none of the marchpane thou didst make yestere'en, Priscilla!

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
British Dictionary definitions for marchpane


an archaic word for marzipan (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15: from French
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