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[puh-tis-uh-ree; French pah-teesuh-ree] /pəˈtɪs ə ri; French pɑ tisəˈri/
noun, plural patisseries
[puh-tis-uh-reez; French pah-teesuh-ree] /pəˈtɪs ə riz; French pɑ tisəˈri/ (Show IPA)
a shop where pastry, especially French pastry, is made and sold.
Origin of patisserie
1760-70; < French pâtisserie, Middle French pastiserie, equivalent to pastis-, presumed Old French *pastitz pastry (< Vulgar Latin *pastīcium; see pasticcio) + -erie -ery Unabridged
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  • The wind began to swell; and Rosanette, having declared that she felt hungry, they entered the "patisserie Anglaise."

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • The efficiency of French civilization was summed up to her in the patisserie.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • She had no clear idea of Milly's soaring ambition to transplant a French patisserie to the alien soil of Chicago.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • She took much time and care in selecting a piece of patisserie.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • Apparently the patisserie was a popular institution, for people of all sorts and conditions flocked there like flies.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • There was a patisserie crammed full of the most delicious cream-cakes.

British Dictionary definitions for patisserie


a shop where fancy pastries are sold
such pastries
Word Origin
C18: French, from pâtissier pastry cook, ultimately from Late Latin pastapaste1
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Word Origin and History for patisserie

1784, from French pâtisserie "pastry shop," from pâtisser "pastry-seller, pastry-cook," from Old French pasticier (14c.), from Medieval Latin pasticium "pasty, composed of paste," from Late Latin pasta "paste, pastry cake" (see pasta).

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