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[muh-rang] /məˈræŋ/
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


[mey-rang] /meɪˈræŋ/
noun, verb (used without object), méringued, méringuing.
< French < Haitian Creole
Related forms
unmeringued, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for meringue
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  • Ornament with chopped almonds and meringue, or not, as you please.

    Culture and Cooking Catherine Owen
  • This pudding may also be made with a meringue the same as Cornstarch meringue.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • She was vanilla ice cream with meringue and maple syrup on it.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for meringue


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
Word Origin
C18: from French, origin obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for meringue

whites of eggs mixed with sugar, 1706, from French méringue (18c.), of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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