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meringue

[muh-rang]
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noun
  1. a delicate, frothy mixture made with beaten egg whites and sugar or hot syrup, and browned, used as a topping for pies, pastry, etc.
  2. a pastry or pastry shell made by baking such a mixture, sometimes filled with fruit, whipped cream, etc.
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Origin of meringue

1700–10; < French méringue; perhaps to be identified with dial. (Walloon) maringue shepherd's loaf, marinde food for an outdoor repast (< Latin merenda light afternoon meal, probably feminine gerund of merere to merit, such a meal being part of a laborer's wages), though certain evidence is lacking; association with the town of Meiringen (Bern canton, Switzerland) is solely by folk etymology

méringue

[mey-rang]
noun, verb (used without object), mé·ringued, mé·ringu·ing.
  1. merengue.
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Origin of méringue

< French < Haitian Creole
Related formsun·me·ringued, adjective
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Related Words

plunge, frosting, garnish, sauce, meringue

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British Dictionary definitions for meringue

meringue

noun
  1. stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with sugar and baked, often as a topping for pies, cakes, etc
  2. a small cake or shell of this mixture, often filled with cream
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Word Origin

C18: from French, origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for meringue

n.

whites of eggs mixed with sugar, 1706, from French méringue (18c.), of unknown origin.

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