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A small rich cake, baked in a shell-shaped mold.

[French, from earler gâteau à la Madeleine, cake à la Madeleine, after the name Madeleine, perhaps that of the person who invented or popularized the cakes.]


(ˈmædəlɪn; -ˌleɪn)
(Cookery) a small fancy sponge cake
[C19: perhaps after Madeleine Paulmier, French pastry cook]


(ˈmæd l ɪn, ˌmæd lˈeɪn, -ˈɛn)

1. a small shell-shaped cake.
2. something that triggers memories or nostalgia.
[1835–45; < French, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, after the given name]
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'See that the money is right, Madeline,' said the father.
Madeline, my dear, give him a receipt; and mind you always do so.'
Madeline, my dear, when is this person to call again?'
'Three or four weeks, Madeline! Three or four weeks!'
"Her decease," he said, with a bitterness which I can never forget, "would leave him (him the hopeless and the frail) the last of the ancient race of the Ushers." While he spoke, the lady Madeline (for so was she called) passed slowly through a remote portion of the apartment, and, without having noticed my presence, disappeared.
The disease of the lady Madeline had long baffled the skill of her physicians.
I could not help thinking of the wild ritual of this work, and of its probable influence upon the hypochondriac, when, one evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse for a fortnight, (previously to its final interment), in one of the numerous vaults within the main walls of the building.
It was, especially, upon retiring to bed late in the night of the seventh or eighth day after the placing of the lady Madeline within the donjon, that I experienced the full power of such feelings.
Mary and Madeline, the twins, in the most select and most expensive of seminaries, were preparing for Vassar.
There was Madeline, who bought her own horse and rode enthusiastically for several months, only to get married and go away to live in Southern California.
But in the end the condemned man found his executioner in the form of a slender girl of seventeen, Madeline Provence, who, to accomplish her purpose, served two years in his palace as a seamstress to the household.
Thus the first page exhibited a lock of the lightest flaxen hair, with these lines beneath: "My adored Madeline. Eternal constancy.