- a delicate, frothy mixture made with beaten egg whites and sugar or hot syrup, and browned, used as a topping for pies, pastry, etc.
- a pastry or pastry shell made by baking such a mixture, sometimes filled with fruit, whipped cream, etc.
Origin of meringue
1700–10; < French méringue; perhaps to be identified with dial. (Walloon) maringue shepherd's loaf, marinde food for an outdoor repast (< Latin merenda light afternoon meal, probably feminine gerund of merere to merit, such a meal being part of a laborer's wages), though certain evidence is lacking; association with the town of Meiringen (Bern canton, Switzerland) is solely by folk etymology
Origin of méringue
< French < Haitian Creole
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Examples from the Web for meringue
The argument, such as it is, is as substanceless as meringue.The Des Moines Register's Practical Joke
October 28, 2012
Meringue cookies were bone-shaped, fruit punch was served in blood vials, and there was a magic show in the East Room.
Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and cover each ice cream-topped cake with the meringue.
Dust with powdered sugar and cook at 450 degrees for 3-4 minutes until the meringue is just colored.
Place the cookie sheet in the freezer while making the meringue.
Ornament with chopped almonds and meringue, or not, as you please.Culture and Cooking
This pudding may also be made with a meringue the same as Cornstarch Meringue.Desserts and Salads
She was vanilla ice cream with meringue and maple syrup on it.The Pirates of Ersatz
Mr. Pembroke's teeth were clear of meringue, and he could refrain no longer.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
Remove pudding from oven, cover with meringue and brown in oven.Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking
- stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with sugar and baked, often as a topping for pies, cakes, etc
- a small cake or shell of this mixture, often filled with cream
C18: from French, origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for meringue
whites of eggs mixed with sugar, 1706, from French méringue (18c.), of unknown origin.
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