Definition of patisserie in US English:



  • 1A shop where French pastries and cakes are sold.

    • ‘Now an upmarket shop, it has 46 employees and operates a patisserie, delicatessen and a meat, game and poultry section.’
    • ‘In the seaside suburb of St Kilda, you'll find fantastic patisseries still owned by descendants of the original Jewish families who settled there.’
    • ‘He perked up a bit when we went down the stairs to the patisserie for a cookie.’
    • ‘There are boulangeries and patisseries in every town, with fresh croissants and pastries.’
    • ‘Afterwards Mum, Amelia and I sat outside a patisserie (which is what they have in Albert Park) in the chilly May sunshine and sipped hot coffees.’
    • ‘The kids were only interested in the towns and villages if they had a patisserie and a swimming pool; the canal was too murky to be jumping into.’
    • ‘I hated it and I knew I wanted to be in the kitchen, so in 1956 I headed straight for Paris to work in a patisserie, indulging my love of sugar and sweetness.’
    • ‘Say goodbye to the scene in which a car smashes into a boulangerie; Hollywood prefers to demolish patisseries.’
    • ‘As we juggled our time between morning visits and lazy afternoons in and out of piazzas and patisseries, I wondered what would have appealed to him.’
    • ‘Few, these days, have time for a trip to the patisserie before work, which explains the fast-growing popularity of that Anglo-Saxon import, the breakfast cereal.’
    • ‘The marriage is abandoned and she leaves university, moving to another village, where she finds work at a patisserie.’
    • ‘It was a real boost to the spirits, as was the coffee and cake I had at a patisserie afterwards.’
    • ‘First I took a short train ride to go to a patisserie called Au Bon Vieux Temps.’
    • ‘Rob was at the finish with two bags full of cookies and bonbons from a local patisserie.’
    • ‘But in France, they are carefully hand-harvested and sold as a seasonal luxury to serve atop perfect individual custard tarts at Paris patisseries.’
    • ‘The second is a Maison Blanc, one of a small chain of French patisseries.’
    • ‘Now, only a French-run patisserie outclasses her.’
    • ‘Amanda had done a lot of travelling to Italy and other European countries working in patisseries and health stores making chocolates.’
    • ‘It's getting dark as we leave the patisserie and the chanting begins again.’
    • ‘Then there is the arty bookshop he is planning downstairs, and the adjustments that need to be made to the chairs in the patisserie.’
    1. 1.1 French pastries and cakes collectively.
      • ‘Not that my visit is all patisserie and cafe au lait, goodness no.’
      • ‘I couldn't resist a magical, exotic pale pink patisserie creation that almost defies description.’
      • ‘Café Bleu offers a range of sandwiches, panini and patisseries which he describes as Mediterranean cuisine.’
      • ‘So I jumped in my little car I'd bought for £50 and went to Amsterdam where I found Dutch patisserie is probably the best in Europe.’
      • ‘He is a highly trained patisserie chef and chocolatier and has made chocolates for the Belgian royal family.’
      • ‘The Pastry Boutique also specializes in exquisite floral arrangements, delectable chocolate and a range of patisseries.’
      • ‘I was distracted by a window full of patisseries on the Rue Bonaparte.’
      • ‘It will boast a fabulous selection of freshly-baked French breads and patisseries, traditional charcuterie and delicacies and fine herbs and spices to whet any appetite.’


Late 16th century: from French pâtisserie, from medieval Latin pasticium ‘pastry’, from pasta ‘paste’.