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Madeleine

[mad-l-in, -lahyn; French maduh-len]
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noun
  1. a female given name, form of Magdalene.
Also Mad·e·laine, Mad·e·lene [mad-l-in] /ˈmæd l ɪn/, Mad·e·line, Mad·e·lyn.
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madeleine

noun
  1. a small fancy sponge cake

Word Origin

C19: perhaps after Madeleine Paulmier, French pastry cook
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Word Origin and History for madeline

Madeline

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

Madeleine

fem. proper name, variation of Madeline. The kind of small, rich confection is attested from 1845, said in OED to be named for Madeleine Paulmier, 19c. French pastry cook; any use with a sense of "small thing that evokes powerful nostalgia" is due to Proust (1922).

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