mar·​ma·​lade ˈmär-mə-ˌlād How to pronounce marmalade (audio)
: a clear sweetened jelly in which pieces of fruit and fruit rind are suspended

Examples of marmalade in a Sentence

a jar of orange marmalade
Recent Examples on the Web That translates to a deep and dark whisky with notes of marmalade and ginger on the nose, followed by grape candy, spice, dark berries, caramelized brown sugar, and of course intense smokiness on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 July 2024 On the way out, the president of the board charmingly handed out jars of local marmalade to anyone who made a $20 donation to the playhouse. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2024 That infusion is then added to a high-proof whiskey like Wild Turkey 101, piney Douglas fir eau de vie and a touch of orange marmalade. Scott Hocker, theweek, 1 Apr. 2024 Options include Sicilian tuna salad with marinated fennel and preserved lemon; chive goat cheese with mango-and-jalapeño jam, apples and cucumber; and smoked turkey with roasted red pepper, smoked Gouda, onion marmalade and chipotle mayo. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for marmalade 

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Word History


Middle English marmelat quince conserve, Portuguese marmelada, from marmelo quince, from Latin melimelum, a sweet apple, from Greek melimēlon, from meli honey + mēlon apple — more at mellifluous

First Known Use

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marmalade was circa 1676

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“Marmalade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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mar·​ma·​lade ˈmär-mə-ˌlād How to pronounce marmalade (audio)
: a clear jelly containing pieces of fruit and fruit rind
orange marmalade

from Portuguese marmelada "jelly made from quince," from marmelo "quince," from Latin melimelum "sweet apple," from Greek melimēlon (same meaning), from meli "honey" and mēlon "apple"

Word Origin
Many of us have eaten orange marmalade, but marmalade can be made from any of several fruits. The Portuguese made such a jelly from the quince, a fruit that looks a bit like a yellow apple. The Portuguese word for the quince is marmelo, which is based on the Latin word melimelum, meaning "a sweet apple." The Portuguese called the jelly they made from the quince marmelada. English borrowed this word as marmalade.

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