am·​a·​ret·​to ˌa-mə-ˈre-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce amaretto (audio)
amaretti ˌa-mə-ˈre-(ˌ)tē How to pronounce amaretto (audio)
plural : macaroons made with bitter almonds
often capitalized : an almond-flavored liqueur

Examples of amaretto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last new drink option is the mocha espresso martini which takes rum, amaretto and espresso martini mix and tops it with a brownie bite. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 There are eight drinks on Halo’s signature craft cocktail menu including The Dirty Halo with eight different liquors — two types of rum, vodka, gin, whiskey, triple sec, amaretto and Galliano — and grenadine and strawberry syrups. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 12 Feb. 2024 The flavors of the day on National Frozen Custard Day are butter pecan and cherry amaretto cheesecake. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2023 The James Beard Award-winning chef and COO of iPic Entertainment tops it with crushed amaretto cookies and vanilla ice cream. People Staff, Peoplemag, 20 June 2023 Happy hour came early for the pests at one Boca Raton restaurant, Le Sorelle, where flies were found dead and floating inside liqueur bottles of vermouth and amaretto at the bar. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2023 Irish coffee with Jameson, Caramel Irish with Jameson and caramel schnapps, Café Caribbean with Bacardi spiced rum and amaretto, Kentucky coffee with Jim Beam Honey Whiskey, The Nutty Irishman with Frangelico and Irish Cream and the Russian Café, with Kahlúa and Grey Goose vodka. Susan Dunne,, 19 Jan. 2022 Or pivot to a nonalcoholic vanilla extract or flavor, which also works for almond flavors when a recipe calls for something like amaretto. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2020 Grandpa allowed my first sip of alcohol at age 14, an after-dinner amaretto liqueur in Italy, part of a European vacation with my grandparents and tía in 1988. Melissa Mora Hidalgo, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Italian, diminutive of amaro bitter, from Latin amarus

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amaretto was in 1873

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“Amaretto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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