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[mahr-muh-leyd, mahr-muh-leyd] /ˈmɑr məˌleɪd, ˌmɑr məˈleɪd/
a jellylike preserve in which small pieces of fruit and fruit rind, as of oranges or lemons, are suspended.
Origin of marmalade
1515-25; < Portuguese marmelada quince jam, derivative of marmelo quince < Latin melimēlum a kind of apple < Greek melímēlon (méli honey + mêlon a fruit); see -ade1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for marmalade
  • At my approach they would bolt away, hooves flying, their marmalade and white fur shining in the sunlight.
  • Pasta used to be forbidden, now it's allowed, but not fruit juice or marmalade.
  • Drain, make an opening, and fill with preserve or marmalade.
  • marmalade is a work of art that anyone can create-and with more ease than you may think.
  • If you don't want to make your own carrot preserves, use any quality preserves or marmalade.
  • Toast the muffin halves and spread one lightly with tart marmalade or preserves.
  • marmalade-making and patchwork are mentioned and there were, no doubt, vicarage jumble sales.
  • Pulse butter and marmalade in a food processor until combined well.
  • Serve over plain yogurt sweetened with jam or marmalade.
  • The light, fresh-tasting dressing for this salad is made with rice vinegar and marmalade.
British Dictionary definitions for marmalade


a preserve made by boiling the pulp and rind of citrus fruits, esp oranges, with sugar
(of cats) streaked orange or yellow and brown
Word Origin
C16: via French from Portuguese marmelada, from marmelo quince, from Latin, from Greek melimēlon, from meli honey + mēlon apple
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Word Origin and History for marmalade

late 15c., from Middle French marmelade, from Portuguese marmelada "quince jelly, marmalade," from marmelo "quince," by dissimilation from Latin melimelum "sweet apple," originally "fruit of an apple tree grafted onto quince," from Greek melimelon, from meli "honey" (see Melissa) + melon "apple" (see malic). Extended 17c. to "preserve made from citrus fruit."

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Slang definitions & phrases for marmalade



malarkey (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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