Definition of meringue in English:



  • An item of sweet food made from a mixture of well-beaten egg whites and sugar, baked until crisp and typically used as a topping for desserts, especially pies. Individual meringues are often filled with fruit or whipped cream.

    • ‘I store it in jars and use it to spoon over all sorts of things, like pancakes, creamy meringues, plain cheesecake, yogurt, and vanilla ice-cream.’
    • ‘Chocolate-pistachio meringues, easily made ahead, are a sweet ending.’
    • ‘We were delighted with the show and happily chose from various cheesecakes, meringues and chocolate cakes.’
    • ‘Wendy had grouped them in sets of two pinwheels, or three meringues, or five cookies, each.’
    • ‘Triacetin is added to dried egg whites so that they can be whipped into meringues.’
    • ‘We make a lot of meringues, so put the egg whites in there, then the yolks go in the quiche.’
    • ‘Not only do they thicken and enrich sauces, bind stuffings, lighten and expand on whisking to create soufflés and meringues, they can also be cooked in a variety of ways to serve as a meal in their own right.’
    • ‘I've had a poached egg and a sausage roll and four meringues.’
    • ‘We were presented with bags of tiny flavoured meringues to take away, in case we were still feeling peckish on the short cab journey home.’
    • ‘I'd do difficult things like puff pastry or meringues.’
    • ‘If you can't resist dessert, though, choose fresh fruit, gelatin, sorbet, sherbet, fruit ice, meringues or plain cake with fruit purée.’
    • ‘When you want the dessert light and the ingredient list short, make meringues.’
    • ‘The cakes consisted of an almond-topped Madeira cake and a tangy lemon version, along with strawberry pastries, miniature lemon meringues and carrot cake - all of which were sublime.’
    • ‘This allows for the tremendous skill of morphing into delicious meringues.’
    • ‘Modern versions often include ice cream and omit the meringues.’
    • ‘He observed her recipe ingredients, and asked, ‘Nut meringues?’’
    • ‘I often helped out in the kitchen cooking meringues and cakes, the usual childhood stuff.’
    • ‘Two Coffee Choux pastries, something with strawberries and meringues and something big and fluffy and full of custard.’
    • ‘When they stopped by the Inn, Debbye had asked Wendy about the possibility of some nut meringues, and the vixen had happily supplied her with four dozen of the crunchy delicacies.’
    • ‘The heaving fruit bowl, the waiting at the school gates and the planned attempt to master meringues are concerted efforts by Eclair to squeeze into the good mum role.’


From French, of unknown origin.