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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Italian almond-flavored liqueur, 1945 (the original brand, Amaretto di Saronno, dates to 1851), from the Italian word for almond (q.v.), which did not acquire the excrescent -l- of the English word. Sometimes confused with amoretto. Amoroso (literally "lover"), a type of sweetened sherry, is attested from c.1870.


n. 1 (context uncountable countable English) A sweet-bitter liqueur originating from Italy (but also prodcued in Turkey), flavored with almonds and a secret blend-specific mix of some 200 ingredients such as the pits from apricots, peaches, cherry or other stone-fruits. 2 (context countable English) A glass of that liqueur


Amaretto (Italian for "a little bitter") is a sweet, almond-flavoured, Italian liqueur associated with Saronno, Italy. Various commercial brands are made from a base of apricot pits, almonds, or both.

Amaretto serves a variety of culinary uses, can be drunk by itself, and is added to other beverages to create several popular mixed drinks, as well as to coffee.

Amaretto (disambiguation)

Amaretto is an almond-flavored Italian liqueur.

Amaretto may also refer to:

  • Almond-flavored cookies (plural amaretti):
    • Almond macaron (with almond paste or meal)
      • Amaretti di Saronno in Lombardy, Italy
    • Almond meringue (with egg whites)
    • Almond biscuits (twice baked, with whole eggs)
      • Biscotti, widely known, especially in Italy, Spain, and North America
  • "Amaretto" as a flavouring, derived from several sources:
    • Benzaldehyde
    • Amygdalin)
    • Orgeat syrup

Usage examples of "amaretto".

If the White House had underreacted to the Egyptian pyramids allegation, it overreacted to the Amaretto and cream tale.

A grande Amaretto Cappuccino, a Mocha Frappuccino, and a Caramel Macchiato landed in my four-cup carrier, along with a half-dozen muffins and croissants.

A tall waiter with impressive ivory horns entered, carrying an amaretto and a Singapore sling on an antique silver tray.