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Monday, February 12, 2018

Definitions for madeleine

  1. something that triggers memories or nostalgia: in allusion to a nostalgic passage in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.
  2. French Cookery. a small shell-shaped cake made of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter and baked in a mold.

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Citations for madeleine
... thus temporarily bringing the sounds and smells of his dream world to him, a madeleine of the ever-postponed future. Jane DeLynn, Real Estate, 1988
To reread this is like scenting a Madeleine of the drama and struggle that once was. Mustapha Marrouchi, Edward Said at the Limits, 2004
Origin of madeleine
1835-1845
The etymology of madeleine (in full, gâteau à la Madeleine), which is named after an 18th-century cook named Madeleine Paulnier or Paumier, is dubious. Madeleines (the small cakes) are popular today, but perhaps the word madeleine “something that evokes a memory or nostalgia” has more significance from the use of madeleine in this sense in Swann’s Way (1922), the first volume of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past.