Madeleine definition

mădə-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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
madeleine
Plural:
madeleines

Origin of madeleine

  • 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

  • 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)

    From Wiktionary

  • From French Madeleine, cognate with English Magdalene.

    From Wiktionary