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 Desserts include cream puffs, eclairs, carrot cake, hot cross buns, Easter bread, cupcakes and candy. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2024 Eclair cake This no-bake chocolate eclair cake requires just 7 pantry staples. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2024 More than 1,000 bottles of Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne were popped (for this third year of the partnership between the French maison and the Academy), and bites—from tater tots topped with caviar, wagyu slices, and duck bao to dark chocolate eclairs and strawberry paris-brest—were passed. David Graver, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 Éclair Cake Ingredients An eclair cake can be made with just six ingredients. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 How to make eclair cake Don’t overlap the graham crackers. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2024 While Villa Bakery gets the doughnuts, eclairs, and cake portions already made, they are finished at the bakery with icing, cream fillings, and decorated. Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2024 Get The Recipe 13 of 75 Chocolate Éclair Cake A cake that's just as worthy of celebration as the classic eclair, this chocolate confection is stunning, simple, and worth the extra effort. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024 Doughnuts and eclairs with Lions colors range from $2 to $2.75 each. Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2024

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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 22 Apr. 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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