• WordNet 3.6
    • n ratafia macaroon flavored with ratafia liqueur
    • n ratafia sweet liqueur made from wine and brandy flavored with plum or peach or apricot kernels and bitter almonds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ratafia răt`ȧ*fē"ȧ A spirituous liquor flavored with the kernels of cherries, apricots, peaches, or other fruit, spiced, and sweetened with sugar; -- a term applied to the liqueurs called noyau curaçao, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratafia A sweet, cordial flavored with fruits: sometimes limited to those the flavor of which is obtained from black currants, bitter almonds, or peach- and cherry-kernels.
    • n ratafia A kind of fancy cake or biscuit.
    • n ratafia A flavoring essence of which the principal ingredient is benzoic aldehyde or oil of bitter almonds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ratafia rat-a-fē′a a flavouring essence made with the essential oil of almonds: a fancy cake.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Malay arak, arrack + tāfīa, a spirit distilled from molasses
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Malay araqtáfía, from Ar. ‛araq, Malay táfía, rum.


In literature:

I have the order all in Ratafia's hand; I carry it on my heart.
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Will you have some ratafia?
"Eugenie Grandet" by Honore de Balzac
Turn the mixture into a buttered pie-dish or cake tin, with alternate layers of ratafias.
"The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book" by Thomas R. Allinson
Sometimes ordinary grocer's currants are added and the ratafias omitted.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
It tells the story of a maid who hung herself, while her persecutor took to drinking ratafia.
"Charles Dickens and Music" by James T. Lightwood
Take two savoy fingers and four ratafias.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII. No. 358, November 6, 1886." by Various
His wicked conscience smited him, he lost his Stomach daily, And took to drinking Ratafia while thinking of Miss Bailey.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
By the process of steeping ratafia, they obtained raspberry and absinthe.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
When it is sent to table, put in a few ratafia biscuits.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Upon this lay sponge finger biscuits and ratafia cakes, and pour over just enough new milk to make them soft.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper

In news:

Chris Hannah's Ratafia Dram and five punches.