pav·​lo·​va ˈpav-lə-və How to pronounce pavlova (audio) pav-ˈlō- How to pronounce pavlova (audio)
often capitalized
: a dessert of Australian and New Zealand origin consisting of a meringue shell topped with whipped cream and usually fruit

Examples of pavlova in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sham, who recently baked a pavlova for an event hosted by clothing brand Malene Birger, worked with the pale straw shade of her meringue. Lauren Joseph, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2023 Get a scone at the golf course or a pavlova at the gift shop. oregonlive, 29 June 2023 This decadent pavlova is topped with fresh mascarpone whipped cream and fresh fruit. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Aug. 2022 Grill mango for your backyard barbecue, add some sweetness to a fresh salad or create a showstopping pavlova for dessert. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2022 The strawberry floating island doesn't take as long to make, but the pavlova is worth the extra time. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 The dessert has a playful look: fresh fruit balls surround a tropical pavlova with a passion fruit coulis drizzled on the meringue. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Dessert choices are a chocolate bar, lemon tart, a chocolate and strawberry heart and a pavlova. Susan Dunne,, 8 Feb. 2022 Save room for the pavlova ($10), a meringue dessert adorned with chunks of rhubarb and strawberry rounds; dots of saba, a concentrate of grape must, add depth to the otherwise ethereal dessert. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021

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Word History


Anna Pavlova

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pavlova was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Pavlova.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Pav·​lo·​va ˈpav-lə-və How to pronounce Pavlova (audio)
Anna 1882–1931 Russian ballerina
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