[ 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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for gateaux



/ (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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