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[mahr-zuh-pan] /ˈmɑr zəˌpæn/
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.
Origin of marzipan
1535-45; < German < Italian marzapane. See marchpane Unabridged
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  • For when we were in the street Father asked me: Why did Hella say that about marzipan?

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • Roll out the marzipan an inch thick and cut into rounds or squares.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • So it was from the burnt almonds and the two sticks of marzipan.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • Careering busily about the kitchen were little pigs made of marzipan.

    The City Curious Jean de Bosschre
  • He bought her marzipan and sweet drinks and, when the hour came to go home, he escorted her through the village.

    Czechoslovak Fairy Tales Parker Fillmore
British Dictionary definitions for marzipan


a paste made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, used to coat fruit cakes or moulded into sweets Also called (esp formerly) marchpane
(informal) of or relating to the stratum of middle managers in a financial institution or other business: marzipan layer job losses
Word Origin
C19: via German from Italian marzapane. See marchpane
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Word Origin and History for marzipan

1901 (in modern use; earlier march payne, late 15c., from French or Dutch), from German Marzipan, from Italian marzapane "candy box," from Medieval Latin matapanus "small box," earlier, "coin bearing image of seated Christ" (altered in Italian by folk etymology as though from Latin Marci panis "bread of Mark"), of uncertain origin. 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. The Medieval Latin word also is the source of Spanish marzapan, French massepain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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