blanc·​mange blə-ˈmänj How to pronounce blancmange (audio) -ˈmäⁿzh How to pronounce blancmange (audio)
: a usually sweetened and flavored dessert made from gelatinous or starchy ingredients and milk

Examples of blancmange in a Sentence

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Word History


shortened from earlier blamanger, blanc-manger, going back to Middle English blamanger, blank manger "dish of chicken, rice, almonds and various spices," borrowed from Anglo-French *blanc manger, for attested blamange (also Old & Middle French blanc mangier, blanc mengier), from blanc "white" + mangier, manger "meal, food," noun derivative of manger "to eat" — more at blank entry 1, manger

Note: There are scattered attestations of the variant without -er from the seventeenth century, though if the form blancmange cited in the Anglo-Norman Dictionary is correct, the variant is much older. The proposal that blanc in the earliest French evidence is actually blant "bland" is not supportable philologically (see T. Scully, The Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages, Boydell, 1995, pp. 207-11). Contrary to Scully's view there is scanty evidence for this word in medieval French, and the only attested sense is "flattering, ingratiating," which is also the oldest sense of Latin blandus, first attested in Plautus. The sense "agreeable to the senses, pleasant, sweet," aside from one possible occurrence in Lucretius, is unattested before Virgil and Ovid. The sense "lacking strong flavor, not stimulating, insipid," as applied to food, which would be most relevant in this context, is a development within English.

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blancmange was in 1717

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“Blancmange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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