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 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 The drawbacks hit hard and fast on the Chinese menu, starting with a pu pu platter littered with egg rolls, crab puffs, beef skewers, shrimp toast and chicken wings, garnished with pineapple and maraschino cherries like a hotel bar cocktail. Mike Sutter,, "Zero-star review: Formosa Garden losing its luster as one of San Antonio’s longtime Chinese restaurants," 2 Jan. 2020 Colors ranged from the palest onionskin to an almost brilliant maraschino cherry, yet the color was rarely a clue to the body and character of the wine. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Rosé champagne brings the holiday joy," 28 Dec. 2019 This hit him like a ton of cinder blocks atop which, for some reason, sat a single maraschino cherry. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: You. Won’t. Believe. What. Happened. Next.," 26 Dec. 2019 This one features a dark rum float and an old-timey garnish of a maraschino cherry, lime and pineapple wedges and a small paper umbrella. Susanne Fowler,, "Bar hopping on Oahu in search of a tropical treasure: the best mai tai," 9 Dec. 2019 Place 1/2 of a maraschino cherry or a walnut half on top of each cookie. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Your cookies, your memories: Holiday baking traditions in our readers’ words," 5 Dec. 2019 Just add a splash of soda to the drink, perhaps, or maybe a maraschino cherry. Daniel Neman,, "Signature cocktails make a party more fun," 2 Dec. 2019 The original drink was made by splashing some grenadine over a tall glass of ice, then topping it off with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda and, always, a maraschino cherry. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Shirley Temple Drink," 29 Oct. 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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3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Maraschino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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