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[rat-uh-fee-uh] /ˌræt əˈfi ə/

a sweet liqueur made from wine or grape juice combined with brandy or other spirits and often flavored with almonds, fruit, or fruit kernels.
any liqueur made from fruit or from brandy with added fruit
a flavouring essence made from almonds
(mainly Brit) Also called ratafia biscuit. a small macaroon flavoured with almonds

liqueur flavored with kernels of cherries, apricots, etc., 1690s, from French ratafia (17c.), of unknown origin; perhaps ultimately from the same source as arrack.


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