from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic Marzipan.

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  • n. marzipan

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of sweet bread or biscuit; a cake of pounded almonds and sugar. Called also marzipan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A confection made of pounded pistachio-nuts or almonds, with sugar, white of egg, etc. It was made into various ornamental devices.
  • n. Hence—2. Something very fine or dainty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. almond paste and egg whites


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps obsolete French marcepain, from Italian marzapane, marzipan; see marzipan.


  • Upon our early stage a kind of biscuit -- a "marchpane" -- was consumed by the players when they required to eat upon the stage.

    A Book of the Play Studies and Illustrations of Histrionic Story, Life, and Character

  • "marchpane" — (a confection of bitter almonds and sugar) — representing the

    London and the Kingdom - Volume II

  • Considering, I bit into a piece of marchpane, a confection of blanched almonds and sugar.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • I nibbled at a piece of marchpane and forced myself to smile.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • In the end we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that there can be no more than three meat dishes and two sweetmeat courses, and that there are very few crystallized fruits and only a few marchpane dishes.

    The Red Queen

  • After the savouries came the sweetmeats; marchpane and gingerbread and little coffers of pastry filled with sugared currants and topped with yellow cream.

    Dearly Beloved

  • I call her to my private chamber, away from the girls, who have invaded the kitchen and are making marchpane sweetmeats for dinner, and we open our letters at either end of the writing table.

    The White Queen

  • “And Catherine ate so much marchpane she was sick in the night.”

    The White Queen

  • The second course at a feast included 'joly amber potage; jiggots of venison, stopped with cloves; lamprey, with galentine, marchpane; fritter-dolphin; leche-florentine'.

    Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823)

  • Know in Britain as marchpane, this sugar and almond paste concoction was introduced into Europe during the 13th century and became popular because it was easily sculpted and molded into fanciful shapes.

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  • "As was the fashion in still-life paintings of the day, the Flemish painter Clara Peeters arranged wafers and knotted biscuits around a central shallow marchpane* ornamented with rosemary sprigs in her Still Life with Confectionery (c. 1611)."

    "*During the Tudor period, marchpane evolved from its gingerbread-like medieval roots into something more like marzipan, with crushed almonds, sugar and rosewater as its main ingredients."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 82

    January 8, 2017

  • Marchpane would be a great name for an upper class twit - in a Waugh novel for example.

    "Pennyfeather noticed the rotund figure of Marchpane ambling toward him, and uttered a silent malediction."

    March 11, 2008

  • Now I'm worried about marchpane.

    March 11, 2008

  • Well, it's a good thing I don't have to decide between marzipan and marchpane, two perfectly alsome words. I can have my marzipan and eat marchpane too.


    March 11, 2008

  • Marchpane is just an archaic word for marzipan; yes indeedy.

    (Perhaps obsolete French marcepain, from Italian marzapane, marzipan; see marzipan.) AHD

    Ringocandies must be an early Irish form of lifesavers...

    March 11, 2008

  • Somehow impoetence seems appropriate for niche worrying.

    March 11, 2008

  • No idea. I bet sionnach knows though.

    March 11, 2008

  • Niche worrying indeed! Excellent gloomy work there, c_b.

    And is marchpane a variant of marzipan, do you know?

    March 11, 2008

  • "Pudding. Sure, it starts with pudding or marchpane; then it is the toss of a coin which fails first, your hair or your teeth, your eyes or your ears; then comes impoetence, for age gelds a man without hope or reprieve, saving him a mort of anguish."

    --O'Brian, The Truelove, 115

    I like this not just for the vocabulary, but it reflects my own tendency to take a perfectly acceptable thing or word (in this case pudding) and delve so deeply into pessimism that we end up, in the end, at decay. It's kind of like niche worrying.

    March 11, 2008

  • Hot herringpies, green mugs of sack, honeysauces, sugar of roses, marchpane, gooseberried pigeons, ringocandies.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 9

    January 6, 2007