- a cake, especially a very light sponge cake with a rich icing or filling.
Origin of gâteau
Examples from the Web for gateau
Historical Examples of gateau
A gateau is also made of pig's liver; it is therefore rather difficult to define what a "gateau" is.
She had had gateau and cherries in a convent-garden once, and had swung among apple-blossoms in an orchard belonging to one.Heriot's Choice
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Do you know this most exquisite cake of yours much resembles a gateau aux truffes?
- any of various elaborate cakes, usually layered with cream and richly decorated
Word Origin for gateau
Word Origin and History for gateau
1845, from French gâteau "cake," from Old French gastel, from Frankish *wastil "cake," from Proto-Germanic *was-tilaz, from PIE *wes- "to eat, consume."