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 (răt′ə-fē′ə) also rat·a·fee (-ə-fē′)
1. A sweet cordial flavored with fruit kernels or almonds.
2. A biscuit flavored with ratafia.

[French, perhaps (via West Indian Creole tafiat, formula used to toast a person's health) from New Latin *rata fiat (rēs or conventiō), let (the thing or the agreement) be confirmed (from the practice of concluding a contract with a drink ) : Latin rata, feminine of ratus, past participle of rērī, to reckon, settle; see rate1 + Latin fiat, let it be done, third person singular present subjunctive of fierī, to become, be done; see fiat.]


(ˌrætəˈfɪə) or


1. (Brewing) any liqueur made from fruit or from brandy with added fruit
2. (Cookery) a flavouring essence made from almonds
3. (Cookery) chiefly Also called: ratafia biscuit Brit a small macaroon flavoured with almonds
[C17: from West Indian Creole French]


(ˌræt əˈfi ə)

n., pl. -fi•as.
1. a liqueur of wine and brandy; often flavored with almonds, fruit, etc.
2. Also called ratafi′a bis`cuit. a small, almond-flavored macaroon.
[1690–1700; < French]


A flavoring made from bitter almonds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ratafia - sweet liqueur made from wine and brandy flavored with plum or peach or apricot kernels and bitter almonds
brandy - distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice
cordial, liqueur - strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
2.ratafia - macaroon flavored with ratafia liqueur
macaroon - chewy cookie usually containing almond paste
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