madeline

Madeleine

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

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Madeline
fem. proper name, from Fr. Magdalene (q.v.). Cf. also Madeleine.

Madeleine
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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