mar·​zi·​pan | \ ˈmär-zə-ˌpan How to pronounce marzipan (audio) also ˈmärt-sə-ˌpän How to pronounce marzipan (audio) , -ˌpan \

Definition of marzipan

: a confection of crushed almonds or almond paste, sugar, and egg whites that is often shaped into various forms

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Recent Examples on the Web Souvenirs: Pottery from the town of Caltagirone; a ceramic three-legged Trinacria, the symbol of Sicily; a handmade marionette; traditional Sicilian marzipan. Carol Sottili, Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Sicily," 29 Jan. 2020 There are aisles filled with 200 different kinds of beer, plus European wines and liquors, as well as an excellent selection of chocolates, marzipan, cookies and candies. Los Angeles Times, "We’re big fans of these 11 supermarkets," 26 Feb. 2020 Hahdough’s cakes are showstoppers: tall, layered and intricately designed, using a mix of fruit, pastry creams, mousses and marzipan to keep things dynamic. Janelle Bitker,, "San Francisco’s only German bakery, Hahdough, to open Sunday," 24 Feb. 2020 Her marzipan cheeks and smoky, quasi-Lohanian voice make Amy—despite being the youngest March—the most obviously and irrefutably womanly of the sisters: little, but extremely fierce. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The Reinvention of Little Women," 1 Jan. 2020 As for me, hands down, See's dark-chocolate covered marzipan reigns over all. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "A family counts on a miracle to bring their daughter back," 19 Dec. 2019 At Christmastime my German father would come home with boxes of lebkuchen: spicy, chewy, gingery cookies laced with marzipan and orange peel. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "These Delicious Christmas Pastries Rely on More Than Nostalgia," 6 Dec. 2019 Penner feels the heart of the market is a 30-foot-long set of tables holding the fruit bread iced with marzipan. Jacques Kelly,, "At one Baltimore church, Christmas market means German treats — straight from the source," 30 Nov. 2019 His other bars and bonbons have ingredients like rhubarb and beetroot; black salted marzipan and heirloom apple spice. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Lobster and chocolate: Great tastes that go great together?," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of marzipan

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marzipan

German, from Italian marzapane

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The first known use of marzipan was in 1542

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“Marzipan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marzipan

: a sweet food that is made with almonds, sugar, and eggs and that is often made into various shapes or used to cover cakes

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