marshmallow

play
noun marsh·mal·low \ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\

Definition of marshmallow

  1. 1 :  a pink-flowered European perennial herb (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family that is naturalized in the eastern United States and has flowers, leaves, and roots used in herbal remedies

  2. 2 :  a sweet white confection usually in the form of a spread or small spongy cylindrical pieces now usually made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin but formerly from the marshmallow's root; also :  one of these spongy pieces <toasted marshmallows on sticks over a campfire>

marshmallowy

play \-ˌme-lə-wē, -ˌma-\ adjective

Examples of marshmallow in a sentence

  1. We toasted marshmallows over the fire.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of marshmallow

before 12th century


MARSHMALLOW Defined for English Language Learners

marshmallow

play
noun marsh·mal·low \ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\

Definition of marshmallow for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, white, sweet food made of sugar and eggs


MARSHMALLOW Defined for Kids

marshmallow

play
noun marsh·mal·low \ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\

Definition of marshmallow for Students

  1. :  a soft spongy sweet food made from corn syrup, sugar, and gelatin


Medical Dictionary

marshmallow

play
noun marsh·mal·low \ˈmärsh-ˌmel-ō, -ˌmel-ə(-w), -ˌmal-\

Medical Definition of marshmallow

  1. :  a European perennial herb of the genus Althaea (A. officinalis) naturalized in the eastern United States whose pink flowers, velvety leaves, and mucilaginous root are used in herbal medicine and whose root was formerly used in confectionary—see althaea 2


Learn More about marshmallow


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up marshmallow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ