Definition of ratafia in English:


Syllabification: rat·a·fi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌratəˈfēə


1A liqueur flavored with almonds or the kernels of peaches, apricots, or cherries.
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  • The recipe for Bakewell Pudding given by Eliza Acton was essentially a rich custard of egg yolks, butter, sugar, and flavouring - ratafia is suggested - poured over a layer of mixed jams an inch thick and baked.
  • Very narrow flutes are called ratafias - after ratafia, a concoction popular in the mid 18th century.
  • Among these are ‘Lynn’ glasses, and ratafia glasses which for some reason have also escaped the attention of the forger.
1.1 (also ratafia biscuit) An almond-flavored cookie like a small macaroon.
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  • Very small almond biscuits are still manufactured under the name of ‘ratafias’.
  • If I can get them, I also like the addition of ratafia or amaretti biscuits soaked with the sponge for texture and that almond flavour.


late 17th century: from French; perhaps related to tafia.

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