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[mad-l-in, -lahyn; French maduh-len]
  1. a female given name, form of Magdalene.
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Also Mad·e·laine, Mad·e·lene [mad-l-in] /ˈmæd l ɪn/, Mad·e·line, Mad·e·lyn.
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Historical Examples

  • When Ebenezer appeared at Madelene's home he was fuming with fury.

    The Secret of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for madelene


  1. a small fancy sponge cake
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps after Madeleine Paulmier, French pastry cook
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Word Origin and History for madelene


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).

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