fon·​due | \ fän-ˈdü How to pronounce fondue (audio) , -ˈdyü, ˈfän-ˌd(y)ü \
variants: or less commonly fondu

Definition of fondue

1 : a dish similar to a soufflé usually made with cheese and bread crumbs
2a(1) : a preparation of melted cheese (such as Swiss cheese and Gruyère) usually flavored with white wine and kirsch
(2) : a dish that consists of small pieces of food (such 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

dip fruit in melted chocolate to have a chocolate fondue
Recent Examples on the Web Executed by Chef de Cuisine Mark Zuckerman, the meal begins with a selection of snacks including Jonah crab fondue with sea urchin, vadouvan, scallop au gratin with Noilly Prat and orange, and caviar service with Regiis Ova Caviar. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Very adaptable as an appetizer, in a fondue or a frittata, it can be breaded and fried. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Post-race party: All runners celebrate their accomplishments with a special finisher mug that includes fondue and our very own hot chocolate, both 100% dark chocolate and specifically made for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. Usa Today Ventures Events, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2021 The fondue came with bread and several sides, including apples, potatoes and pickles. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Look for the chickpea sandwich, and french fries topped with Swiss fondue, crispy pastrami and jalapeño, plus other sandwiches. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Aug. 2021 Towards the end of the evening as the night began to wind down, Cardi also showed off some dessert options that were served for the occasion, including a giant chocolate fondue fountain. Nicholas Rice,, 11 July 2021 From its dandyish business casual to its crockpots of fondue so much of it seems so charmingly bygone, so sentimentally lost. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Ahmeti's favorite pizza is the white truffle, which features white truffle fondue, fresh mozzarella, caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted garlic, charred corn and fingerling potatoes. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of fondue

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fondue

borrowed from French, noun derivative from feminine of fondu, past participle of fondre "to melt," going back to Old French — more at found entry 5

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“Fondue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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)

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