noun, often capitalized
pav·​lo·​va | \ ˈpav-lə-və How to pronounce pavlova (audio) , pav-ˈlō- How to pronounce pavlova (audio) \

Definition of pavlova

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dessert of Australian and New Zealand origin consisting of a meringue shell topped with whipped cream and usually fruit


biographical name
Pav·​lo·​va | \ ˈpav-lə-və How to pronounce Pavlova (audio) , pav-ˈlō- \

Definition of Pavlova (Entry 2 of 2)

Anna 1882–1931 Russian ballerina

Examples of pavlova in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Topping pavlova with an uncomplicated yet stunning yogurt, cranberry, pomegranate, currant, and mint leaf ornamentation makes the wreath festive. Dallas News, "Our 13 favorite baking cookbooks of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Step 6 Bake the meringue for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, then turn the oven off without opening the door and leave the pavlova to ​DEHYDRATE ​in the warm oven for another 1 hour and 30 minutes. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, "Make cooking your kids’ curriculum," 13 Oct. 2020 Her pavlova looks incredibly impressive but comes together with an ease that fans of Rojas' clothing will be familiar with. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "What's Cookin' With Alejandra Alonso Rojas," 12 July 2020 This vegan pavlova recipe using chickpea starch is a great alternative. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Easy Desserts You Need to Make Now," 3 Apr. 2020 Spoon over pavlova, then drizzle with raspberry sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pistachio Pavlova," 31 Mar. 2020 Another had switched from preparing delicate French pavlova to painting walls. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From bartender to painter, Brown Hotel revamps its staff to keep employees on the books," 26 Mar. 2020 The egg whites, sugar and cocoa powder are the base for the meringue that creates the pavlova. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Sweet! We’re in love with this chocolate berry pavlova dessert," 11 Feb. 2020 Paley’s Place offers a no-choice menu of roasted beet and kale salad with horseradish vinaigrette, Braised lamb shoulder with borscht and caraway sour cream and an orange blossom pavlova with lemon chamomile cream and honeycomb. oregonlive, "Portland’s 33 best $33 dining month menus," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pavlova


1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pavlova


Anna Pavlova

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