[ prah-leen, prey-, prah-leen ]
/ ˈprɑ lin, ˈpreɪ-, prɑˈlin /


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.



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Origin of praline

1715–25; <French; named after Marshall César du Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675), whose cook invented them Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for praline

  • Elodie went into realistic details of the wreck of the gold stopping on the praline stuffing of a chocolate.

    The Mountebank|William J. Locke
  • If making chocolate pralin, add three tablespoonfuls of praline powder; stir in lightly a pint of cream whipped to a stiff froth.

  • If making coffee pralin, add three tablespoonfuls of praline powder (see below).

  • Keep the praline powder in a close preserve jar ready for use.

British Dictionary definitions for praline

/ (ˈprɑːliːn) /


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

Word Origin for praline

C18: from French, named after César de Choiseul, comte de Plessis- Praslin (1598–1675), French field marshal whose chef first concocted it
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