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ratafia (ˌrætəˈfɪə Pronunciation for ratafia or ratafee (ˌrætəˈfiː Pronunciation for ratafee



  1. any liqueur made from fruit or from brandy with added fruit
  2. a flavouring essence made from almonds
  3. Also called: ratafia biscuit (mainly British) a small macaroon flavoured with almonds

Word Origin

C17: from West Indian Creole French

Example Sentences Including 'ratafia'

At the top of his menu is a glass of champagne for aperitif with a dash of ratafia liqueur for flavour.
Conil, Jean & Conil, Christopher (ed) A Passion for Food
Sarah walked over to the table and poured a glass of ratafia.
Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIME (2003)
Tea was already laid: there were honey sandwiches, brandy-snaps and small ratafia biscuits, and there would, she knew, be crumpets.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)


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