Simple Definition of éclair
: a type of long pastry that is filled with whipped cream or a sweet cream filling and usually topped with chocolate
Full Definition of éclair
: a usually chocolate-frosted oblong pastry filled with whipped cream or custard
Origin of éclair
French, literally, lightning
First Known Use: 1861
Rhymes with éclair
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ÉCLAIR Defined for Kids
Definition of éclair
: a long thin pastry filled with whipped cream or custard
History for éclair
The English word éclair came from a French word with the same spelling, whose first meaning was “lightning” or “a flash of lightning.” We are not sure why the éclair was named after lightning. Some say it was because it is so light a pastry. Others say that the éclair got its name because it is likely to be eaten in a flash.
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Spanish Central: Translation of "éclair"
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