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

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The menu at EMP Winter House will include family-style dishes like cheese and meat fondues, pickled vegetables, poached potatoes and bitter greens salad, which will be available in the yurts. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Eleven Madison Park Heads West," 5 Nov. 2018 This place also has veggie burgers, salads, mac and cheese, seasonal veggies and even cheese fondue served up with warm soft pretzels and apples. Fox News, "Best of Kansas City barbecue," 28 Oct. 2015 Surprisingly, chocolate fondue didn't make it onto the menu. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "NYC's NoMad Hotel Is Doing a Fondue Menu and It's Everything," 18 Jan. 2018 The Melting Pot’s famous cheese, entree and chocolate fondues can be experienced at the chain’s location at 1200 Commerce Park Drive in Longwood. Lauren Delgado,, "Longwood eateries included in OpenTable list of most romantic restaurants in America," 6 Feb. 2018 The legendary old Chalet Suisse restaurant in New York — the North American shrine of fondue, whence came chocolate and possibly beef fondues — is long departed. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Liquid Gold," 3 Dec. 2012

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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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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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