A small gateau or sponge cake, often shaped like an elongated scallop shell. (noun)
Something which brings back a memory; a source of nostalgia or evocative memories (used with reference to its function in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time). (noun)
Examples of word Madeleine
The first is a crossing of a French table grape called madeleine angevin with the much frowned-upon muller-thurgau.
Shortly after the book begins the narrator describes a moment on a wintry day when, chilled to the bone, his mother brings him a cup of tea with a little cake called a madeleine on the side.
The cricket writer Mike Marqusee once said that cricket sometimes acts on him the way the tea-cake called a madeleine acted on Marcel Proust, triggering a hidden chain of association, an entryway to what the French novelist called 'a vast structure of recollection '.
Nurse sex harassment allegations made moot coca is calling madeleine is.
-- Emily Flynn VencatCopenhagen: Madeleines MadteaterThe "madeleine" comes from the little cake Marcel Proust wistfully described in "Remembrance of Things Past."