Borrowing from French meringue, from Middle Dutch meringue (“light evening meal”), derivative of Middle Dutch *meren (“to dip or soak bread”), from Old Dutch *meren, from Proto-Germanic *marjaną (“to grind, pound”), from Proto-Indo-European *mer- (“to rub, pack”). Cognate with Middle Low German meringe (from mern (“to dip bread in wine”)), Middle High German merunge (from mëren (“to soak bread in wine or water for dinner”)), Old English merian (“to purify, cleanse, test”).
- A mixture consisting of beaten egg whites and sugar which is added to the tops of pies then browned.
- The key to a good baked Alaska is the meringue topping.
- A shell made of this mixture which serves as the receptacle for fruit, ice cream or sherbet.
- Shirley likes to have strawberry with her meringue.
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