Definition of blancmange in English:



  • A sweet opaque gelatinous dessert made with flavoured cornflour and milk:

    ‘a good old-fashioned blancmange’
    [mass noun] ‘a double helping of pink blancmange’
    • ‘May I have some more of the pink blancmange please?’
    • ‘There was also banana jelly, iced buns and blancmange.’
    • ‘I had a sudden appetite for jelly and blancmange, you see.’
    • ‘It was the day of her wedding and she had been shaking like a blancmange since the moment she woke up.’
    • ‘That strange but unmistakable tang lingers over the domestic science block for a whole afternoon whenever first years try to make blancmange.’


Late Middle English blancmanger: from Old French blanc mangier, from blanc white + mangier eat (used as a noun to mean food). The shortened form without -er arose in the 18th century.