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.

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Use buttercream to attach 2 brown mini M&M eyes, then pipe on white buttercream highlights. Snip a marshmallow crosswise into ⅛-in.-thick slices to make ears. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 At a s’more station, a young woman wearing a company jacket used a Boring Co.-branded flamethrower to warm a marshmallow held at the tip of a sword. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Inside Elon Musk’s Tunnel to Alleviate ‘Soul-Destroying’ Traffic," 19 Dec. 2018 Telescoping roasting sticks: Keep the kids entertained with telescoping, rotating skewer sticks ($17.95 for a set of 6) that work great for marshmallows and hot dogs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 In terms of their flavors, Delish reports that the white balm has a super-sweet yet indistinct scent, while the orange lip treatment smells reminiscent of marshmallow. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Dunkin' Donuts Just Dropped Lip Balms That Smell Like Munchkins," 26 Apr. 2019 Bella Thorne casually hanging out in a kiddie pool full of...marshmallows? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Coachella 2019: All the Celebrity Moments You Missed," 15 Apr. 2019 And even though the sweet is already an Easter winner, the makers of the marshmallows really went above and beyond this year. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Year's New Peeps Flavors Will Have You Hopping Over to the Grocery Store," 15 Mar. 2019 The dance floor was full until the very end of the night, at which point guests moved to a bonfire outside, keeping the party going with toasted marshmallows until the early hours. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding in the Berkshires Turned Into an Exuberant Lawn Party," 9 Jan. 2019 The same afternoon, Zoe went hiking, climbed a tree, picked up litter and toasted marshmallows over a campfire with the Cub Scouts at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Robert Mccoppin,, "Girls break new ground camping with Boy Scouts, but will shift hurt Girl Scouts?," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of marshmallow

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

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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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