[ga-toh, gah-; French gah-toh]
- 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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- any of various elaborate cakes, usually layered with cream and richly decorated
Word Origin for gateau
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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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