marsh·​mal·​low | \ ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) , -ˌma- \

Definition of marshmallow

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

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Other Words from marshmallow

marshmallowy \ ˈmärsh-​ˌme-​lə-​wē How to pronounce marshmallowy (audio) , -​ˌma-​ \ adjective

Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

We toasted marshmallows over the fire.
Recent Examples on the Web ChocOLAF Fudge Swirl, named after the movie’s beloved snowman, is a light chocolate marshmallow ice cream layered with fudge and mini candy Olafs. Mary Honkus,, "Let the Desserts Rage On! Frozen 2 Ice Cream Is Here Just in Time for the Premiere," 20 Nov. 2019 Families also will enjoy live music, photos with Santa, food truck cuisine and fireside marshmallow roasting. Houston Chronicle, "Festival of Trees benefiting The Ballard House returns to Katy’s Cane Island," 9 Nov. 2019 Through Operation: Campout!, the Maryland Park Service provides North Face tents that cost around $600, as well as a cook stove, lantern and gasoline, camp tarps and foam pads, and four chairs and marshmallow roasting sticks. Taylor Deville,, "Operation: Campout! offers veterans free camping gear at Patapsco Valley State Park," 5 Nov. 2019 My go-to flavor is peppermint, which is striped with that same marshmallow base and red taffy infused with pure peppermint oil. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, "More Likely Than Not, I’ve Got One of These Taffies in My Pocket," 28 Oct. 2019 Chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow notes, creamy, boozy, with a heated finish. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "12 top Michigan beers from Detroit's Fall Beer Festival," 26 Oct. 2019 To make her creation, Lomas bakes a cookie base — any regular sugar cookie will do — and adds marshmallow piping. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "The Best Halloween Party Snack Ideas That Will Haunt Your Friends Forever, According to Pastry Chefs," 25 Oct. 2019 The tour includes Shakespearean performances, samples of Modjeska’s preferred marshmallow candies and tales about her journey from Poland to California in the late 1800s. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Walk for HIV/AIDS awareness and see an actress’ home at weekend events near L.A.," 16 Oct. 2019 Cake is king at Candor by Giuseppe with its devilishly delicious Peanut Butter Mousse Chocolate Cake, a triple-layer confection, stacked with chocolate cake, marshmallow core and peanut butter mousse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "26 places to celebrate National Dessert Day 2019 in San Diego," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of marshmallow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Marshmallow.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of marshmallow

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


marsh·​mal·​low | \ ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) , -ˌma- \

Kids Definition of marshmallow

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


marsh·​mal·​low | \ ˈmärsh-ˌmel-ō, -ˌmel-ə(-w), -ˌmal- How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) \

Medical Definition of marshmallow

: 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 sense 2

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