- a cordial or liqueur made from fruit or fruit kernels, esp. by maceration in brandy, and often flavored with almonds
- Brit. a small almond macaroonin full ratafia biscuit
Origin of ratafiaFr, probably of Creole origin, originally
- A sweet cordial flavored with fruit kernels or almonds.
- A biscuit flavored with ratafia.
Origin of ratafiaFrench 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 rate 1. Latin fiat let it be done third person singular present subjunctive of fierī to become, be done ; see fiat .