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Madeleine

[mad-l-in, -lahyn; French maduh-len]
noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for madeline

madeleine

noun
  1. a small fancy sponge cake
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Word Origin for madeleine

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

Madeline

fem. proper name, from French Magdalene (q.v.). Cf. also Madeleine.

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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).

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