[mad-l-in, mad-l-eyn; French maduh-len]
noun, plural madeleines [mad-l-inz, mad-l-eynz; French maduh-len] . French Cookery.
a small shell-shaped cake made of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter and baked in a mold.
something that triggers memories or nostalgia: in allusion to a nostalgic passage in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.

1835–45; < 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 Unabridged


[mad-l-in, -lahyn; French maduh-len] .
a female given name, form of Magdalen.
Also, Madelaine, Madelene [mad-l-in] , Madeline, Madelyn. Unabridged
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madeleine (ˈmædəlɪn, -ˌleɪn)
a small fancy sponge cake
[C19: perhaps after Madeleine Paulmier, French pastry cook]

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variation of Madeline. The kind of small, rich confection is attested from 1845, named for Madeleine Paulmier, 19c. Fr. pastry cook; any use with a sense of "small thing that evokes powerful nostalgia" is due to Proust (1922).
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Paris church designed by Pierre-Alexandre Vignon in 1806. The Madeleine, in the form of a Roman temple surrounded by a Corinthian colonnade, reflects the taste for classical art and architecture that predominated in France during the Empire phase of the Neoclassical movement

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