[ey-klair, ih-klair, ey-klair]
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Origin of éclair

1860–65; < French: literally, lightning (flash), Old French esclair, noun derivative of esclairier to light, flash < Vulgar Latin *exclariāre, for Latin exclārāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + clārāre to make bright, derivative of clārus clear
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Historical Examples of eclair

  • As all will concede, an eclair is, to say the least, an uncertain quantity.

    A Dixie School Girl

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • Quick to find Beauty in a poem or an automobile, an eclair or a man.

  • "Ginger-snaps, two bananas and an eclair," said the Unwiseman.

  • Her teeth came together upon her eclair and the filling escaped its bounds, landing in many places that it should not have landed.

    A Dixie School Girl

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • Mistraon is so fleet that I did not lose sight of Eclair from the time I began to climb the hill of black stones.

British Dictionary definitions for eclair


  1. a finger-shaped cake of choux pastry, usually filled with cream and covered with chocolate

Word Origin for éclair

C19: from French, literally: lightning (probably so called because it does not last long), from éclairer, from Latin clārāre to make bright, from clārus bright
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Word Origin and History for eclair

1861, from French éclair, literally "lightning," from Old French esclair "light, daylight, flash of light," from esclairare "to light up, make shine" (12c.), ultimately from Latin exclarare "light up, illumine," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)).

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