Definition of charlotte russe in English:

charlotte russe


  • A dessert consisting of custard enclosed in sponge cake or a casing of ladyfingers.

    • ‘Along with the egg creams and charlotte russes are the requisite luncheonettes and kitchenettes.’
    • ‘Mama is having a tea party, and Electra is sent to Mrs. Zimmerman's bakery to buy six charlotte russes.’
    • ‘A charlotte russe is an extraordinary dessert - a circle of little cakes, called ladyfingers, topped with clouds of whipped cream.’


Mid 19th century: French, literally Russian charlotte.


charlotte russe

/ˌSHärlət ˈro͞os/