doneness

noun
done·​ness | \ ˈdən-nəs How to pronounce doneness (audio) \

Definition of doneness

: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

Examples of doneness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove the roasts from the grill 5 to 10 degrees F below final doneness. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 July 2022 Before the advent of kitchen thermometers, cooks had to rely solely on their senses, judging doneness based on the color of the meat’s surface and its resistance to a gentle prod. Matthew Zuras, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2021 The secret to testing a cheesecake for doneness: Jiggle it. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2022 Gently boil until the potatoes are just fork-tender, checking for doneness after 5 minutes of cooking. Drain and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Felicia Campbell, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2022 In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon to preferred doneness. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2021 Gently boil until the potatoes are just fork-tender, checking for doneness after 5 minutes of cooking. Drain and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Felicia Campbell, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2022 Gently boil until the potatoes are just fork-tender, checking for doneness after 5 minutes of cooking. Drain and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2022 Carefully lift the towel to check for doneness; adding another 30 seconds if necessary. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'doneness.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of doneness

1927, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best gas grills.

Learn More About doneness

Time Traveler for doneness

Time Traveler

The first known use of doneness was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near doneness

Donegal tweed

doneness

done to a turn

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for doneness

Last Updated

4 Oct 2022

Cite this Entry

“Doneness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doneness. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!