éclair

[ ey-klair, ih-klair, ey-klair ]
/ eɪˈklɛər, ɪˈklɛər, ˈeɪ klɛər /

noun

a finger-shaped cream puff, filled with whipped cream, custard, or pastry cream, often coated with icing.

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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éclair

/ (eɪˈklɛə, ɪˈklɛə) /

noun

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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