Definition of maraschino in English:



  • 1A strong, sweet liqueur made from a variety of small bitter cherries.

    • ‘Fill the glass two-thirds full of ice and add the pineapple syrup, raspberry vodka, and maraschino liqueur.’
    • ‘Take two shots of Havana Club light three-year-old rum, half a shot of freshly squeezed lime juice, a teaspoon of sugar and an eighth of maraschino liqueur.’
    • ‘Some think the drink originated with a concoction of sweet Old Tom gin, vermouth, bitters and maraschino developed by a San Francisco bartender in the 1860s.’
    • ‘The glass is rimmed with cinnamon-sugar and filled with a blend of Goldschlagger, maraschino liqueur and apple juice.’
    • ‘On a whim I added some maraschino liqueur and a few dashes of orange bitters to the Auchentoshan, stirred the drink over ice, and sampled it.’
    1. 1.1 A maraschino cherry.
      • ‘He plopped several maraschinos into the dollop of whipped cream, then plucked one out.’
      • ‘You could for example, order your maraschinos in custom colors and flavors.’
      • ‘The modern processing of these sundae toppers is detailed in this article about Johnson Fruit where they produce maraschinos in blue curaçao, orange citrus, and white piña colada flavors.’
      • ‘Many people, including those behind the bar, avoid using maraschinos because they fear they are harmful.’
      • ‘We barbecued, went out for Italian ices (I had FDNY Cherry, which has tiny little bits of chopped maraschinos in it) and just enjoyed the company of each other.’


Italian, from marasca (the name of the cherry), from amaro ‘bitter’, from Latin amarus.