fon·​due fän-ˈdü How to pronounce fondue (audio)
variants or less commonly fondu
: a dish similar to a soufflé usually made with cheese and bread crumbs
: a preparation of melted cheese (such as Swiss cheese and Gruyère) usually flavored with white wine and kirsch
: 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
: 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 The menu is a little fancier than in other parts of the stadium, with blackberry bruschetta, cheese fondue and shrimp cocktail among the items. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2024 The three- or four-course fondue experience features a salad, endless entree (choose land and sea, classic or steak lovers) and chocolate fondue. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2024 Known for offering a variety of fondue cooking styles and unique entrées, Melting Pot’s menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines, spirits and chocolate fondue desserts. Sean Krofssik, Hartford Courant, 11 June 2024 The three-course option starts at $55 and the four-course, which includes a cheese fondue, starts at $65 per person. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fondue 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fondue was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Fondue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


fon·​due fän-ˈd(y)ü How to pronounce fondue (audio)
: a preparation of melted cheese and flavorings

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