1Tenderness, gentleness; affected delicacy of behaviour or appearance; affectation.
2 historical A type of narrow braid on which a design of crochet border or edging is worked (more fully "mignardise braid"); also, the design of crochet border or edging worked on this braid.
3US A fancy cake or similar sweet confection, usually served at the end of a meal.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From Middle French, French mignardise from mignard + -ise.