- a female given name, form of Magdalene.
Examples from the Web for 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.
He was wondering just what Madelene was planning to do in the country.
She was waiting for Ebenezer to return from the station with Madelene and Frederick.
"You see I followed you," said Madelene in cold, metallic tones.
- a small fancy sponge cake
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).