Madeleine definitions

măd'ə-lĕn'
A small rich cake, baked in a shell-shaped mold.
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A type of small, rich cake baked in a shell-shaped mold.
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A small gateau or sponge cake, often shaped like an elongated scallop shell.
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Something which brings back a memory; a source of nostalgia or evocative memories (used with reference to its function in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time).
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A female given name.
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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)