Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, early 18th century
An item of sweet food made by baking a mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar until crisp.
A light mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar, baked until crisp or used as a topping for desserts.
Examples of Meringue in a sentence
"Follow this recipe to produce a perfect meringue."
"We need to get more eggs for the meringue."
Popularity Over Time
A pastry chef will tell you that there are three different types of meringue. You're probably familiar with French meringue, with fine sugar beat into egg whites. Italian meringue is made with heated sugar syrup, and Swiss meringue is made over a pot of simmering water.
Did you Know?
The two-syllable meringue is the dessert treat. Add another syllable (mə-RENG-geh) and you have a variant spelling of the Latin dance, merengue.