from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small rich cake, baked in a shell-shaped mold.
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- noun A small
gateauor sponge cake, often shaped like an elongated scallopshell.
- noun Something which brings back a
memory; a source of nostalgiaor evocativememories (used with reference to its function in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time).
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French, from earler gâteau à la Madeleine, cake à la Madeleine, after the name Madeleine, perhaps that of the person who invented or popularized the cakes.]
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From French madeleine, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, of uncertain origin; attributed in some sources to a 19th-century pastry cook Madeleine Paulmier whose existence is now considered dubious. (Compare Oxford English Dictionary, Trésor de la Langue Française)
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