mēl-ˈfwē How to pronounce mille-feuille (audio)
: a dish composed of puff pastry layered with a filling (such as salmon or cream)

Examples of mille-feuille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rihanna Is Dabbling in the Rich Grandma Aesthetic By Daniel Rodgers Andalucía is a mille-feuille of civilizations and cultures; however, its top attractions are the towering fortresses, monumental mosques, and awe-inspiring palaces constructed during the Moors’ 800-year rule. Siobhan Reid, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 The teetering verticality of a crab mille-feuille barely survived being set down on the table, let alone being carved into with a fork and knife. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 The menu featured classic French fare, including a winter vegetable tart with black truffle, followed by a buttery sea bass filet, and a vanilla mille-feuille for dessert. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 Saffron rice and garlic naan accompany each of the five main course options, like seasonal squash kofta; paneer mille-feuille; Bengali lamb curry; old Delhi butter chicken; and Goan sea bass. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2023 In Lee, the pastry chef, refuses to sell coffee, and slips Korean ingredients like woodsy burdock and soy sauce into otherwise traditional French goods like mille-feuille and madeleines. Elyse Inamine, New York Times, 1 May 2023

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Word History


French, from mille feuilles a thousand leaves

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mille-feuille was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Mille-feuille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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