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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
References in classic literature ?
You are going to change Minny's diet, and give him three ratafias soaked in a dessert-spoonful of cream daily?
Gate, at the large carding-mill, who, having high connexions frequently visiting her, might be expected to have a large consumption of ratafias and macaroons.
340g jar cherry jam or conserve 450g Madeira cake, cut into 1cm slices 100ml kirsch or cherry brandy 10 ratafia biscuits or 5 amaretti biscuits, broken up 300ml double cream, whipped lightly
There are cordial glasses for more formal drinking, wine glasses in seemingly endless capacities, short ale glasses, ratafia glasses and on top of all that, several glass candlesticks and tapersticks, oil lamps and a lamp.
Hike around La Garrotxa Natural Park and drink the native cava, but go easy on ratafia, the local herbal liqueur
IngredientsServes: 6-8 Prep: 20 mins Marinate/chill: 2 hrs 6 slices of Thornhill Farm Shop lemon drizzle cake100ml dry white wine Rind and juice 1 lemon 150g caster sugar 450g Primrose Organic tayberries or mixed berries double cream almonds or ratafia biscuits to garnish Method1.