Ratafia meaning

-ə-fē'
A sweet cordial flavored with fruit kernels or almonds.
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A biscuit flavored with ratafia.
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A cordial or liqueur made from fruit or fruit kernels, esp. by maceration in brandy, and often flavored with almonds.
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A small almond macaroon.
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A liqueur or cordial flavored with peach or cherry kernels, bitter almonds, or other fruits.
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Origin of 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 rate1 Latin fiat let it be done third person singular present subjunctive of fierī to become, be done fiat
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition