mar·​zi·​pan ˈmär-zə-ˌpan How to pronounce marzipan (audio)
ˈmärt-sə-ˌpän How to pronounce marzipan (audio)
: a confection of crushed almonds or almond paste, sugar, and egg whites that is often shaped into various forms

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These Passover desserts are actually made from marzipan. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 21 Feb. 2023 Orgeat: Orgeat has two main types—the lighter, marzipan, floral type, and the deep, rich, nutty type (this is an oversimplification, obviously, but workable for our purposes). Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 18 Feb. 2023 There is a persistent salted caramel note, along with roasted nuts, tropical spices and a touch of marzipan. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The Noughty chardonnay is super frothy and smells and tastes like Golden Delicious apples, lemon zest and a hint of marzipan. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2023 This year's marzipan for Christmas won't be affected, but next year's might be, given the one-two punch California's almond groves took this year. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2022 The nose belies the layers to come, opening with delicate orchard blossom and oyster shell aromas, with hints of exotic spice, red and stone fruits and marzipan. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 The cake is made using marzipan, often with a bottle of wine or Aquavit in the center and can be decorated with ornaments, flags and crackers. Amanda Kludt, CNN, 25 Dec. 2021 The resulting bourbon begins with orange, vanilla and spice on the nose, followed by toasted pecan, some more vanilla and marzipan on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


German, from Italian marzapane

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marzipan was in 1542

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“Marzipan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a candy or icing of almond paste, sugar, and whites of eggs

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