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

Other Words from marshmallow

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

Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

We toasted marshmallows over the fire.
Recent Examples on the Web Now broil in the oven or toaster oven until the topping is wobbly, like a microwaved marshmallow, and even beginning to brown in spots, 3–5 minutes. Ali Slagle, Bon Appétit, 3 May 2022 S’mores, the crunchy graham sandwich cookies with chocolate and marshmallow filling, are also nearly impossible to find. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 Kirby Battle Royale is, unfortunately, the latter—a top-down arena brawler that features the pink marshmallow battling against clones of himself to collect coins, capture flags, and more. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 This five-piece Ajmyonsp marshmallow roasting stick set is currently seeing a discount, dropping its price from $9.85 to $7.59 for 23% off. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2021 One of the standout flavors is The King, which is filled with peanut butter and bananas, and topped with bacon and toasted marshmallow. Rachel Taylor, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Turtle is a classic caramel and chocolate, terrapin adds a layer of marshmallow, and caramel macchiato bites are homemade caramel with chocolate espresso beans and caramel. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2022 The Culver City studio also issued thousands of digital collectible Mini-Pufts (tiny Stay Puft marshmallow characters) to appeal to the more everyday consumer. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 An appearance by Santa, a petting zoo, carolers, face painting, marshmallow roasting over open fire pits and fireworks were all part of the festivities. Jennifer Johnson,, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of marshmallow

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

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“Marshmallow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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