[prah-leen, prey-, prah-leen]
- a French confection consisting of a caramel-covered almond or, sometimes, a hazelnut.
- a cookie-size confection made especially of butter, brown sugar, and pecans: developed in New Orleans in the early 19th century.
- a similar confection of nuts mixed or covered with chocolate, coconut, maple sugar or syrup, etc.
Origin of praline
1715–25; < French; named after Marshall César du Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675), whose cook invented them
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Examples from the Web for praline
Keep the praline powder in a close preserve jar ready for use.
If making coffee pralin, add three tablespoonfuls of praline powder (see below).
If making chocolate pralin, add three tablespoonfuls of praline powder; stir in lightly a pint of cream whipped to a stiff froth.
Elodie went into realistic details of the wreck of the gold stopping on the praline stuffing of a chocolate.The Mountebank
William J. Locke
- a confection of nuts with caramelized sugar, used in desserts and as a filling for chocolates
- Also called: sugared almond a sweet consisting of an almond encased in sugar
C18: from French, named after César de Choiseul, comte de Plessis- Praslin (1598–1675), French field marshal whose chef first concocted it
Word Origin and History for praline
1727, prawlin, from French praline (17c.), from the name of Marshal Duplessis-Praslin (1598-1675, pronounced "praline"), "whose cook invented this confection" [Klein]. Modern spelling in English from 1809.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper