madeleine

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noun mad·e·leine \ ˈma-də-lən , ˌma-də-ˈlān \

Definition of madeleine

1 :a small rich shell-shaped cake
2 :one that evokes a memory

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The madeleine Goes Back to France

The madeleine is said to have been named after a 19th-century French cook named Madeleine Paumier, but it was the French author Marcel Proust who immortalized the pastry in his 1913 book Swann's Way, the first volume of his seven-part novel Remembrance of Things Past. In that work, a taste of tea-soaked cake evokes a surge of memory and nostalgia. As more and more readers chewed on the profound mnemonic power attributed to a mere morsel of cake, the word madeleine itself became a designation for anything that evokes a memory.

Origin and Etymology of madeleine

French, perhaps from Madeleine Paumier, 19th century French pastry cook


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