[bluh-mahnj, -mahnzh]


a sweet pudding prepared with almond milk and gelatin and flavored with rum or kirsch.
a sweet, white pudding made with milk and cornstarch and flavored with vanilla.

Origin of blancmange

1350–1400; apocopated variant of Middle English blancmanger < Middle French: literally, white eating. See blank, manger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of blancmange

Historical Examples of blancmange

  • It will be then ready for blancmange or lemon jelly and is very delicate.

    Home Pork Making

    A. W. Fulton

  • They came right through into the kitchen, and fell into the blancmange.

  • At the very first steps of Peri we slipped about in all directions, like quivering fragments of blancmange.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • If nicely managed, the blancmange and jelly will look like eggs cut in half.

  • Midway down they were held up by Mary Jane, who replenished them with raspberry or orange jelly or with blancmange and jam.


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for blancmange



a jelly-like dessert, stiffened usually with cornflour and set in a mould

Word Origin for blancmange

C14: from Old French blanc manger, literally: white food
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blancmange

late 14c., from Old French blancmengier (13c.), literally "white eating," originally a dish of fowl minced with cream, rice, almonds, sugar, eggs, etc.; from blanc "white" (also used in Old French of white foods, e.g. eggs, cream, also white meats such as veal and chicken; see blank (adj.)) + mangier "to eat" (see manger).

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