noun, often capitalized
mar·​a·​schi·​no | \ ˌma-rə-ˈskē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce maraschino (audio) , -ˈshē- How to pronounce maraschino (audio) , ˌmer-ə- \
plural maraschinos

Definition of maraschino

1 : a sweet liqueur distilled from the fermented juice of a bitter wild cherry
2 : a usually large cherry preserved in true or imitation maraschino

Examples of maraschino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Press the maraschino cherries, if using, sporadically into the vanilla ice cream. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 Another cocktail, the Broadway, is a spin on a Manhattan with rye, Italian vermouth, maraschino and cherry bark vanilla bitters. Justin Phillips,, "Historic Tribune Tower will get a casual new French restaurant from seasoned Oakland chefs," 8 Dec. 2020 Place maraschino cherries on a plate lined with paper towels; blot dry. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Divinity with Cherries and Pecans," 11 Oct. 2020 Huge flowers with bubblegum pink petals around a maraschino cherry center help this colorful hardy plant live up to its name. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, "Grow 'Candy Crush' Hardy Hibiscus for a Tropical Look in Your Garden," 29 July 2020 Bushwackers are always served with a thick straw and topped with a maraschino cherry. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Why the bushwacker is the hottest drink on the beach," 5 July 2020 This is a zesty, light-bodied red with flavors of maraschino cherries and wild sage. Washington Post, "Make this easy-to-find, $9 rosé your summer sipper," 22 May 2020 The stack is topped with maraschino cherries and crushed cannoli shells. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Looking for great pancakes? Here are 17 breakfast restaurants to try in metro Phoenix," 18 Feb. 2020 The bright pink Not Shirley Temple also makes its debut here, with Campari, rosé, lemon juice, and a sweet maraschino cherry chaser. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of maraschino

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maraschino

Italian, from marasca bitter wild cherry, alteration of amarasca, from amaro bitter — more at amaretto

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10 Jan 2021

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“Maraschino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maraschino

: a kind of sweet cherry that is used in desserts or alcoholic drinks
: a sweet alcoholic drink made from cherry juice

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