la·​dy·​fin·​ger ˈlā-dē-ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce ladyfinger (audio)
: a small finger-shaped sponge cake

Examples of ladyfinger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dumped in hot oil or simply torn from their packaging, Twinkies endear with their name (inspired by a billboard advertising Twinkle Toe Shoes), their ladyfinger shape (pierced three times to inject the filling), and their evocations of lunchtime recess. Dana Joseph and Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 It should be made from layers of ladyfingers dipped in coffee and heaped with mascarpone cheese whipped with eggs and sugar, but many modern versions use sponge cake instead and some add coffee liqueur to give an extra kick. Zoe Li, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 The Kahlua tiramisu includes pieces of ladyfinger cookies. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 Repeat with remaining ladyfingers and sorbet, arranging in single layer over cream. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2018 Booths that look like giant bunches of ladyfingers line the front wall, while Corinthian columns and theatrical red curtains add to the pomp of the place. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2020 Also, ladyfingers contain 92 percent lady, but only 17 percent fingers. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019 This element can take many forms, such as cookies, graham crackers or ladyfingers. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2019 Arrange 8 ladyfinger cookies (breaking as necessary) in bottoms of 8 short 8- to 10-oz glasses, then drizzle half of melted sorbet over them to evenly coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ladyfinger was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Ladyfinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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