a confection made of almonds reduced to a paste with sugar and often molded into various forms, usually diminutive fruits and vegetables.
Also called marchpane.

1535–45; < German < Italian marzapane. See marchpane Unabridged
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marzipan (ˈmɑːzɪˌpæn)
1.  Also called (esp formerly): marchpane a paste made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, used to coat fruit cakes or moulded into sweets
2.  informal of or relating to the stratum of middle managers in a financial institution or other business: marzipan layer job losses
[C19: via German from Italian marzapane. See marchpane]

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Word Origin & History

1901 (in modern use; earlier march payne, 1494, from Fr. or Du.), from Ger. Marzipan, from It. marzapane, "candy box," in M.L. "small box," earlier, "coin bearing image of seated Christ." One suggestion is that this is from Arabic mawthaban "king who sits still." Nobody seems to quite accept this, but
nobody has a better idea.
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a malleable confection of crushed almonds or almond paste, sugar, and whites of eggs. Soft marzipan is used as a filling in a variety of pastries and candies; that of firmer consistency is traditionally modeled into fanciful shapes, such as miniature fruits, vegetables, and sea creatures, and coloured realistically.

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Example sentences
At the adjacent table, peruse the dessert selection, with marzipan and
  expensive herbs and spices.
Estonians have coveted intricate, hand-painted marzipan candy figures for more
  than five centuries.
My favorite treat from this place is a layered gingerbread cake with marzipan
  on top, the whole thing covered in dark chocolate.
Candy molders and marzipan shapers form sweets into fancy shapes by hand.
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