- a female given name, form of Magdalene.
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Historical Examples of madelene
When Ebenezer appeared at Madelene's home he was fuming with fury.
Madelene dropped the armful of clothes she held and fled to obey.
That Madelene would be wronged by his action gave him little concern.
He had said, "My mother wants me to marry Madelene Waldstricker."
He was wondering just what Madelene was planning to do in the country.
- a small fancy sponge cake
Word Origin for madeleine
fem. proper name, variation of Madeline. The kind of small, rich confection is attested from 1845, said in OED to be named for Madeleine Paulmier, 19c. French pastry cook; any use with a sense of "small thing that evokes powerful nostalgia" is due to Proust (1922).