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[ey-klair, ih-klair, ey-klair] /eɪˈklɛər, ɪˈklɛər, ˈeɪ klɛər/
a finger-shaped cream puff, filled with whipped cream, custard, or pastry cream, often coated with icing.
Origin of éclair
1860-65; < French: literally, lightning (flash), Old French esclair, noun derivative of esclairier to light, flash < Vulgar Latin *exclariāre, for Latin exclārāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + clārāre to make bright, derivative of clārus clear Unabridged
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  • As all will concede, an eclair is, to say the least, an uncertain quantity.

    A Dixie School Girl Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • Quick to find Beauty in a poem or an automobile, an eclair or a man.

  • "Ginger-snaps, two bananas and an eclair," said the Unwiseman.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad John Kendrick Bangs
  • Her teeth came together upon her eclair and the filling escaped its bounds, landing in many places that it should not have landed.

    A Dixie School Girl Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • Mistraon is so fleet that I did not lose sight of eclair from the time I began to climb the hill of black stones.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • From chicken on toast with a wholesome rice border to potato salad and from potato salad to an eclair and coffee.

  • And a second ride which Mr. eclair soon afterwards took turned out equally successful.

British Dictionary definitions for eclair


/eɪˈklɛə; ɪˈklɛə/
a finger-shaped cake of choux pastry, usually filled with cream and covered with chocolate
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: lightning (probably so called because it does not last long), from éclairer, from Latin clārāre to make bright, from clārus bright
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Word Origin and History for eclair

1861, from French éclair, literally "lightning," from Old French esclair "light, daylight, flash of light," from esclairare "to light up, make shine" (12c.), ultimately from Latin exclarare "light up, illumine," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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