Definition of marzipan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɑːzɪpæn//
, BrE//ˌmɑːzɪˈpæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtsəpæn//
, NAmE//ˈmɑːrzəpæn//
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a sweet firm substance, sometimes with yellow colour added, made from almonds, sugar and eggs and used to make sweets/candy and to cover cakes Word Originlate 15th cent. (as marchpane): from Italian marzapane, perhaps from Arabic. The form marchpane (influenced by March and obsolete pain ‘bread’) was more usual until the late 19th cent., when marzipan (influenced by German Marzipan) displaced it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: marzipan