gâ·​teau | \ (ˌ)gä-ˈtō How to pronounce gâteau (audio) \
variants: or gateau
plural gâteaux or gateaux\ (ˌ)gä-​ˈtō(z) How to pronounce gâteau (audio) \ also gateaus

Definition of gâteau

1 : food baked or served in the form of a cake eggplant gâteau
2 : a rich or fancy cake

Examples of gâteau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Germany has a vast variety of cakes, but among the most popular is the Schwarzwälder kirschtorte or Black Forest gateau. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 Another must-order is the gateau basque ($35), a hybrid of cake, pie and tart that goes great with tea or a glass of muscat. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 10 Sep. 2020 The state dinner Tuesday night will feature American food with French influences, including goat cheese gateau, rack of spring lamb, Carolina Gold rice jambalaya, and a nectarine tart and creme fraiche ice cream. Fortune, 24 Apr. 2018 Along with the lettuce, a goat cheese gateau, tomato jam, and buttermilk biscuit crumbles will be served. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 24 Apr. 2018 This week’s event, for example, will begin with a nigiri amuse, followed by scallops with ponzu aioli, wagyu beef seared on hot rocks, and matcha gateau. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2018 For the egg-averse, there are other excellent options, like the French onion soup ($8), the Parisian jambon sandwich ($17), and a gateau de chocolat ($10) that will blow your socks off. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, 18 Sep. 2017 Look for a mix of classic (chocolate gateau), nostalgic (upside-down cake) and whimsical (soft-serve Madagascar vanilla with fun toppings). Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 8 May 2017 For a gateau that guests won't forget, go for the classic Birthday Cake from Christina Tosi's famed Milk Bar. Esquire, 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of gâteau

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gâteau

French, from Old French gastel, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wist sustenance, food

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29 Oct 2021

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“Gâteau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/g%C3%A2teau. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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