[ ga-toh, gah-; French gah-toh ]
/ gæˈtoʊ, gɑ-; French gɑˈtoʊ /

noun, plural gâ·teaux [ga-toh-tohz, gah-; French gah-toh] /gæˈtoʊˈtoʊz, gɑ-; French gɑˈtoʊ/. French Cookery.

a cake, especially a very light sponge cake with a rich icing or filling.

Nearby words

  1. gyula,
  2. gyumri,
  3. gyve,
  4. györ,
  5. győr,
  6. gällivare,
  7. gäncä,
  8. gärtner's bacillus,
  9. gävle,
  10. génoise

Origin of gâteau

1835–45; < French; Old French gastel (compare Middle English wastel < Old North French) < Frankish *wastil, perhaps akin to Old English, Old Saxon wist food, nourishment

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/ (ˈɡætəʊ) /

noun plural -teaux (-təʊz)

any of various elaborate cakes, usually layered with cream and richly decorated

Word Origin for gateau

French: cake

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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."

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