gâteau [ga-toh, gah-; French gah-toh] /gæˈtoʊ, gɑ-; French gɑˈtoʊ/ Show IPA
, pluralgâteaux [ga-toh-tohz, gah-; French gah-toh] /gæˈtoʊˈtoʊz, gɑ-; French gɑˈtoʊ/ Show IPA. French Cookery.
a cake, especially a very light sponge cake with a rich icing or filling.
1835–45; < French; Old French gastel (compare Middle English wastel < Old North French) < Frankish *wastil, perhaps akin to Old English, Old Saxon wist food, nourishment