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noun fon·due \fän-ˈdü, -ˈdyü, ˈfän-ˌ\

Simple Definition of fondue

  • : a dish that people prepare for themselves at the table by putting small pieces of food (such as bread, meat, or fruit) in a hot liquid (such as melted and flavored cheese or melted chocolate)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fondue

  1. 1 :  a dish similar to a soufflé usually made with cheese and bread crumbs

  2. 2 a (1) :  a preparation of melted cheese (as Swiss cheese and Gruyère) usually flavored with white wine and kirsch (2) :  a dish that consists of small pieces of food (as meat or fruit) cooked in or dipped into a hot liquid <beef fondue> <chocolate fondue> b :  a chafing dish in which fondue is made

Examples of fondue in a sentence

  1. dip fruit in melted chocolate to have a chocolate fondue

Variants of fondue



Origin and Etymology of fondue

French fondue, from feminine of fondu, past participle of fondre to melt, from Old French — more at found

First Known Use: 1829

Rhymes with fondue

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