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Word of the Day 03/06/18 Madeleine

Madeleine (noun)
madeleine [mad-l-in, mad-l-eyn; French maduh-len]


noun, plural madeleines [mad-l-inz, mad-l-eynz; French maduh-len] French Cookery.
1. a small shell-shaped cake made of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter and baked in a mold.
2. something that triggers memories or nostalgia: in allusion to a nostalgic passage in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.


Origin: 1835-45; < French, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, after the female given name; the attribution of the recipe to an 18th-century cook named Madeleine Pau(l)mier is unsubstantiated

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