éclair

noun \ ē-ˈkler , ā- , e- , ə- ; ˈē-ˌkler , ˈā- , ˈe- \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of éclair

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

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Origin and Etymology of éclair

French, literally, lightning


ÉCLAIR Defined for English Language Learners

éclair

Definition of éclair for English Language Learners

  • : a type of long pastry that is filled with whipped cream or a sweet cream filling and usually topped with chocolate


ÉCLAIR Defined for Kids

éclair

noun \ ā-ˈkler \

Definition of éclair for Students

: 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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