from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small finger-shaped sponge cake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small sponge cake, shaped approximately like a finger.
  • n. A type of small banana.
  • n. A variety of small firecracker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See lady's-finger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small finger-shaped sponge cake


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  • The mixture used for ladyfingers is in reality a sponge-cake mixture, but it is baked in a certain oblong shape known as a ladyfinger shape.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 4: Salads and Sandwiches; Cold and Frozen Desserts; Cakes, Cookies and Puddings; Pastries and Pies

  • Terms & Expressions: la bouderie (f) = sulkiness, (fit of the) sulks bouder quelqu'un = to refuse to have anything to do with someone avoir des succès de boudoir = to be successful with women un boudoir = a private sitting room; also a finger-shaped cookie or cake known in English as a "ladyfinger"

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture to let it soak up some of the liquid (2-3 seconds) and place in the bottom of a 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking dish.

    Baileys and Vanilla Tiramisu | Baking Bites

  • She sipped her tea and nibbled a ladyfinger, and I felt the relief of her wide gray stare removed from me, only to turn and catch Marm, the dull, unhappy look in her eyes changed to a curious sort of pride.


  • Store-bought savoiardi ladyfinger cookies are dipped in liqueur, layered with chocolate and then refrigerated until firm.

    Sweet Nothings

  • She was right then in the kitchen fussing with the ladyfinger dessert.

    Miss Edna's Lace

  • Underneath the icing, I bet it's one big spongy ladyfinger soaked in...espresso...uh, yeah.

    Getting a Bad Vibe Here...

  • A few crumbles of ladyfinger crumbs sprinkled on top for texture, and “Deconstructed Tiramisu” was done.

    Mascarpone Ice Cream (and “Deconstructed Tiramisu”)

  • So moving along from the espresso with a ladyfinger, I brushed a Marsala syrup on the bottom of the plate, in hopeful floral designs.

    Mascarpone Ice Cream (and “Deconstructed Tiramisu”)

  • In the first one, the ladyfinger-type things are clouds, the lifesavers above them are the sun and the moon, the navy-blue is the water and the orange blob is the sun's reflection on the water, and the chocolate chips are stars, or maybe ash fallout from a nearby volcanic eruption, or crashing meteorites, or something like that, and the crumbs of whatever-that-is are sand on the beach.

    I'll Have Whatever They're Having


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  • Okra is sometimes referred to as this. Around here, it's generally a dainty kind of sweet banana.

    May 30, 2009