1. A sweet, crisp wafer often served with creamy desserts such as mousse or ice cream.
2. A latticed wafer made of fried potatoes, often layered with toppings and served as an appetizer.
[French, from Old French, little waffle : gaufre, honeycomb, waffle (of Germanic origin; see webh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + -ette, feminine of -et, diminutive suffix; see -ET.]
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