pro·​fit·​er·​ole prə-ˈfi-tə-ˌrōl How to pronounce profiterole (audio)
: a miniature cream puff with a sweet or savory filling

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ten main courses follow, under Plats Principaux, and then come a dozen desserts that more or less describe themselves: profiteroles, chocolate pot de crème, a cheerfully sour lemon tart. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020 There are six varieties of gin-and-tonic, and no fewer than twelve desserts: profiteroles and madeleines, flourless chocolate cake and chocolate pot de crème, tarte au citron and tarte tatin. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2020 Rochambeau, a French brasserie offering fare ranging from coq au vin to profiteroles, is officially opening this week in the Back Bay, according to restaurant representatives., 8 Oct. 2019 Desserts like profiteroles and brownie sundaes are well executed: good chocolate sauce here, Toscanini's ice cream there., 10 Oct. 2019 Housemade desserts were subtle instead of sugary, including tiramisu ($10) and airy, creamy profiteroles ($12). Michael Mayo,, 7 Aug. 2019 Save room for after dinner, when foie gras also makes another appearance, this one on the dessert menu: foie gras profiteroles served with caramel sauce and sea salt. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2019 Midweek, Sevilla and his staff begin their work: emulsifying ganaches, piping profiteroles, baking and decorating cakes. Simran Sethi, Washington Post, 24 July 2019 Desserts included Baked Alaska and Turkish-style profiteroles. Julie Jordan,, 12 June 2019 See More

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Word History


French, perhaps from profit profit

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of profiterole was in 1884

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“Profiterole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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