Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A confection made of nut kernels, especially almonds or pecans, stirred in boiling sugar syrup until crisp and brown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A confection made by stirring almonds (or other kernels of nuts) in boiling sugar and water till they are brown and will crackle between the teeth; also, in Louisiana, a flat cake made by stirring the kernels of nuts (generally pecan-nuts) in sugar. Also, corruptly, prawling.
  • Noting the addition of praline powder, as to a café- or chocolat-parfait mixture before freezing, or as a coating to nuts, or as a filling to confections. See praline powder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A confection made of nut kernels, usually of almonds, roasted in boiling sugar until brown and crisp.

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  • noun A form of confection made from almonds and other nuts and caramelized sugar

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

  • noun cookie-sized candy made of brown sugar and butter and pecans

Etymologies

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

[French, after César de Choiseul, Comte du Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675), French army officer .]

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Borrowing from French praline

Examples

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  • The correct way to pronounce this is "prah-line" not "pray-line," although, if the announcer at my 8th grade spelling bee had used the latter pronunciation, I would have gotten it right, not wrong! Because she pronounced is "prawline" which sound like "Pauline," who was my step-grandmother. Duh.

    December 4, 2006