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éclair

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noun \ē-ˈkler, ā-, e-, ə-; ˈē-ˌ, ˈā-ˌ, ˈe-ˌ\

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

  1. :  a usually chocolate-frosted oblong pastry filled with whipped cream or custard

Origin of éclair

French, literally, lightning


First Known Use: 1861


ÉCLAIR Defined for Kids

éclair

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noun \ā-ˈkler\

Definition of éclair

  1. :  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.


Learn More about éclair

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "éclair"


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