< /gæˈtoʊˈtoʊz, gɑ-; French gɑˈtoʊ/. French Cookery.

  1. a cake, especially a very light sponge cake with a rich icing or filling.

noun plural -teaux (-təʊz)

  1. any of various elaborate cakes, usually layered with cream and richly decorated

1845, from French gâteau “cake,” from Old French gastel, from Frankish *wastil “cake,” from Proto-Germanic *was-tilaz, from PIE *wes- “to eat, consume.”

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