Other Word Forms of Madeleine
Origin of Madeleine
From French madeleine, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, of uncertain origin; attributed in some sources to a 19th-century pastry cook Madeleine Paulmier whose existence is now considered dubious. (Compare Oxford English Dictionary, Trésor de la Langue Française)
French from earler gâteau à la Madeleine cake à la Madeleine after the name Madeleine , perhaps that of the person who invented or popularized the cakes
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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