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madeleine Syllabification: mad·e·leine
Pronunciation: /ˈmad(ə)lən/ /ˌmad(ə)lˈān/

Definition of madeleine in English:


A small rich cake, typically baked in a shell-shaped mold and often decorated with coconut and jam.
Example sentences
  • Eat hot with warm sponge cake or madeleines or eat thoroughly chilled aside a little mound of equal quantities of thick yoghurt and whipped cream.
  • In particular, Pascale had baked chocolate hazelnut madeleines, which she insisted were ‘ratées’ (failed).
  • I think that is a reasonable excuse to drop what we are doing and bake a batch of madeleines, don't you?


French, probably named after Madeleine Paulmier, 19th-century French pastry cook.

Words that rhyme with madeleine

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