|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 |
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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