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

Example Sentences

a jar of orange marmalade
Recent Examples on the Web When the marmalade is cooled but still liquid, brush the berries with it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 May 2021 All of her products — jams, preserves, and marmalades — are sweetened with Vermont honey, never sugar, and are always intriguing combinations full of fragrant contrasting flavors. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 9 May 2023 In a saucepan on medium heat, combine sugar, berries and marmalade. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2023 Assenza is a master of preserving and transforming fruit into delicious conserves and marmalades. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2023 While in Korea, yuzu is most commonly used to make marmalade, tea and fruit punch. Emily Laurence, Good Housekeeping, 4 Jan. 2023 Don’t discard the shells when you’re done juicing—save them to candy or to transform into marmalade. Ozoz Sokoh, Bon Appétit, 16 Feb. 2022 While classic European Linzer dough uses almonds or hazelnuts to add texture and flavor, this New World version calls on corn flour, whose sweetness of corn pairs well with such fruity fillings as strawberry-rhubarb jam, lemon curd and blood orange marmalade. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 The Emirates Breakfast Martini starts with a teaspoon of marmalade, followed by Cointreau, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, and a splash of lime and orange juices. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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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 10 Jun. 2023.

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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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