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."
A pastry chef can tell you there are three different types of meringue. The most commonly known is the French meringue, made with fine sugar beaten into egg whites. Italian meringue is made with heated sugar syrup instead of granular sugar, and Swiss meringue is made by combining the sugar and egg whites over a pot of simmering water.
Did you Know?
The two-syllable "meringue" (mə-RANG) is the dessert treat. Add another syllable (mə-RENG-geh) and you have a variant spelling of the Latin dance merengue.