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éclair

[ey-klair, ih-klair, ey-klair] /eɪˈklɛər, ɪˈklɛər, ˈeɪ klɛər/
noun
1.
a finger-shaped cream puff, filled with whipped cream, custard, or pastry cream, often coated with icing.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < French: literally, lightning (flash), Old French esclair, noun derivative of esclairier to light, flash < Vulgar Latin *exclariāre, for Latin exclārāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + clārāre to make bright, derivative of clārus clear
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British Dictionary definitions for éclair

éclair

/eɪˈklɛə; ɪˈklɛə/
noun
1.
a finger-shaped cake of choux pastry, usually filled with cream and covered with chocolate
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: lightning (probably so called because it does not last long), from éclairer, from Latin clārāre to make bright, from clārus bright
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Word Origin and History for éclair

eclair

n.

1861, from French éclair, literally "lightning," from Old French esclair "light, daylight, flash of light," from esclairare "to light up, make shine" (12c.), ultimately from Latin exclarare "light up, illumine," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)).

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