Definition of marzipan in English:


Line breaks: mar¦zi|pan
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːzɪpan
, ˌmɑːzɪˈpan


[mass noun]
1A sweet yellow or white paste of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, used to coat cakes or to make confectionery.
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  • It is distinguished by the use of marzipan or almond paste.
  • Cakes and desserts made of fruits and marzipan, a sweet almond paste, are sold in pastry shops and on the streets.
  • In the larder stood a huge Christmas cake covered with marzipan and thick white icing, which Beth had baked several months ago.
1.1 [count noun] A sweet or small cake made of or coated with marzipan: pralines, chocolates, and marzipans
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  • That includes the ever-popular plum cake, plum pudding and Yule log, marzipans glittering with a coat of sugar, and delightful creations such as nougat, truffle and gateaux.
  • It was clear that the merry season of Yule logs, plum pudding, fruitcakes, marzipans, macaroons and roast turkey had not yet come to a close.
  • Their famous Champagne Truffles, pralines and marzipans are hand-made and flown in weekly from Switzerland.


[with object] (usually as adjective marzipanned) Back to top  
Cover with marzipan: a marzipanned cake
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  • Use them for your home-made marzipanned fruit cake or to liven up a shop-brought cake.
  • Leave the marzipanned cake, uncovered, to dry in a warm dry room.
  • There's something rather satisfying about marzipanning a cake, I always think.


late 15th century (as marchpane): from Italian marzapane, perhaps from Arabic. The form marchpane (influenced by March and obsolete pain 'bread') was more usual until the late 19th century, when marzipan (influenced by German Marzipan) displaced it.

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