Usage English (Rare, American)
Pronounced Pron. em-ə-RED-ə
Other Forms FormsEmmoretta, Emoretta, Emmarette, Emma Retta
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Meaning & History
Perhaps intended to be a derivative of either Italian #amoretto# "little love", a diminutive of #amore# "love" (see AMY), or #Amaretto#, which refers to an almond-flavored liqueur (the original brand, #Amaretto di Saronno#, dates to 1851), from the Italian word for "almond" (see also AMARO), with the spelling influenced by the name EMMA. This is the name of a song by the English rock band Deep Purple, recorded in 1969, named for Emmaretta Marks (1945-), a cast member of the musical 'Hair' whom singer Rod Evans (1947-) was trying to seduce.