[prah-leen, prey-, prah-leen]
a French confection consisting of a caramel-covered almond or, sometimes, a hazelnut.
a cookie-size confection made especially of butter, brown sugar, and pecans: developed in New Orleans in the early 19th century.
a similar confection of nuts mixed or covered with chocolate, coconut, maple sugar or syrup, etc.

1715–25; < French; named after Marshall César du Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675), whose cook invented them Unabridged
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praline (ˈprɑːliːn)
1.  a confection of nuts with caramelized sugar, used in desserts and as a filling for chocolates
2.  Also called: sugared almond a sweet consisting of an almond encased in sugar
[C18: from French, named after César de Choiseul, comte de Plessis-Praslin (1598--1675), French field marshal whose chef first concocted it]

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Word Origin & History

1727, from Fr. praline, from the name of Marshal Duplessis-Praslin (1598-1675, pronounced "praline"), whose cook invented the confection.
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