Definition of ratafia in English:



mass noun
  • 1A liqueur flavoured with almonds or the kernels of peaches, apricots, or cherries.

    • ‘The recipe for Bakewell Pudding given by Eliza Acton was essentially a rich custard of egg yolks, butter, sugar, and flavouring - ratafia is suggested - poured over a layer of mixed jams an inch thick and baked.’
    • ‘Among these are ‘Lynn’ glasses, and ratafia glasses which for some reason have also escaped the attention of the forger.’
    • ‘Very narrow flutes are called ratafias - after ratafia, a concoction popular in the mid 18th century.’
    1. 1.1count noun An almond-flavoured biscuit resembling a small macaroon.
      • ‘Very small almond biscuits are still manufactured under the name of ‘ratafias’.’
      • ‘If I can get them, I also like the addition of ratafia or amaretti biscuits soaked with the sponge for texture and that almond flavour.’


Late 17th century: from French; perhaps related to tafia.