ē-ˈkler How to pronounce éclair (audio) ā- How to pronounce éclair (audio)
ˈē-ˌkler How to pronounce éclair (audio)
: a usually chocolate-frosted oblong pastry filled with whipped cream or custard

Examples of éclair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pastry options include its lemon madeleines, chocolate tarts and eclairs. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 19 Jan. 2024 Put the eclair cake back in the fridge to fully chill for at least eight hours. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 This bag of goodies contains an assortment of toffees and chocolate eclairs made with whole milk and butter, including classic English toffee, versions covered in milk or dark chocolate, and a banana split toffee that tastes remarkably like a real banana split. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Aug. 2023 Meetinghouse receptions feature streamers dangling from basketball hoops, kids darting down carpet-walled hallways, and diners nibbling on butter mints and half-frozen eclairs. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2023 First choose a shell, like original, chocolate eclair, green tea eclair or honey butter, then choose either vanilla, green tea or chocolate filling. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 17 July 2023 Chocolate eclairs Depending upon size, this makes up to 20 or so eclairs. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 31 Mar. 2023 Even though the bakery, a grab-and-go without seating — recently opened, Lakon’s Thai tea latte croissants and other viennoiserie, cakes, macarons, chocolate eclairs, and desserts with Asian influences are well known, for this is the bakery’s second location. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Apr. 2023 In Dundalk, Jerome McAteer, who owns the Food House with his husband Bobby Wain, said Biden bought lemon meringue, chocolate eclairs, bread and butter pudding, pear and almond cake, as well as a mug with an image of a dog on it. Colleen Long and Darlene Superville, Chicago Tribune, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, literally, lightning

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of éclair was in 1861

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“éclair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9clair. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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ā-ˈkla(ə)r How to pronounce éclair (audio) i- How to pronounce éclair (audio)
: an oblong pastry with whipped cream or custard filling

French, literally, "lightning"

Word Origin
The English word éclair comes directly from a French word whose chief meaning is "lightning" or "flash of lightning." No one is sure why a pastry was named after lightning. Some say the lightness of the cream puff and its soft filling is the reason for the name. Perhaps more likely its richness and oblong shape, easily held in one hand, compel a person to eat it in a flash.
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