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

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Your wait for pavlova will be rewarded with a gorgeous dessert. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: For a glorious summer dessert, make individual Pavlovas topped with berries and cream," 10 June 2019 Items like ambrosia, bombe Alaska, pavlova, and banana split sundaes have made a bold return with a contemporary spin. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Pavlova and Updated ’80s Desserts Christmas in New Zealand would not be complete without a pillowy pavlova topped with fresh cream, strawberries, and kiwifruit. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Folklore has it that Eton mess is a pavlova that hit the pavement during a college cricket match — hence its messy demeanor. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018 Top the pavlova: Whip cream and brown sugar together in a bowl until stiff. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not a peep of stress: A foolishly simple menu for an April 1 Easter," 20 Mar. 2018 In addition to using some of this as filling for Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake (see related recipe), spoon it over ice cream or yogurt or a pavlova, or spread it between cake layers. Cathy Barrow, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how I finally got my Bundt cake out of its pan | Charlotte Observer," 27 Feb. 2018 Fish and chips are popular, as is pavlova, which is a dessert cake of fruit and meringue. Jan Lugenbuhl,, "Fontainebleau High students saves $10,000 for semester in Australia," 20 Sep. 2017 For dessert there’s Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s pavlova with figs. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Celebrate Fall With These 6 Cookbooks," 14 Sep. 2017

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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Anna Pavlova

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