UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmædəlɪn/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling'madeleine': (madl in, mad′l ān; Fr. madə len); 'Madeleine': (madl in, -līn′; Fr. madə len)

Inflections of 'madeleine' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": madeleines

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mad•e•leine  (madl in, mad′l ān; Fr. madə len),USA pronunciation n., pl.  mad•e•leines (madl in, mad′l ān; Fr. madə len),USA pronunciation [French Cookery.]
  1. Fooda small shell-shaped cake made of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter and baked in a mold.
  2. something that triggers memories or nostalgia.
  • French, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, after the female given name; the attribution of the recipe to an 18th century cook named Madeleine Pau(l)mier is unsubstantiated
  • 1835–45

Mad•e•leine  (madl in, -līn′; Fr. madə len),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a female given name, form of  Magdalen. 
Also,  Made•laine, Mad•e•lene  (madl in, -līn′; Fr. madə len),USA pronunciation  Made•line, Made•lyn. 
madeleine, +n. 
  1. something that triggers memories or nostalgia.
[in allusion to a nostalgic passage in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past]
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
madeleine /ˈmædəlɪn -ˌleɪn/ n
  1. a small fancy sponge cake
Etymology: 19th Century: perhaps after Madeleine Paulmier, French pastry cook
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