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 At long last, the bubble tea emoji is coming to your iPhone — along with other new food emojis that include tamale, fondue and trio of blueberries. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Bubble tea, tamale and fondue: Here are all the new food emojis coming to iPhones soon," 1 Oct. 2020 The gastropub is also selling bacon lollipops drizzled with maple hollandaise and served atop a funnel cake; a Luscher’s sausage with jalapeño chutney; and crispy churro ice cream topped with coconut, caramel and chocolate fondue. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Where to get fair food in Dallas-Fort Worth since State Fair of Texas was canceled," 15 Sep. 2020 It’s as if aliens had touched down in the Alps for some skiing and a spot of fondue. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 Indulge in seasonal comfort foods like slow-roasted turkey and stuffing at the American Holiday Table, or opt for cheese fondue at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Disney World Will Still Be Magical This Christmas — but 2 Major Events Are Canceled," 9 Sep. 2020 After a day on the slopes, fill your belly with fondue at one of the park’s five restaurants. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight of the World’s Coolest Indoor Snow Parks," 25 Feb. 2020 Mascarpone fondue halloumi cheese and biscuits st. agur blue cheese port-salut cheese strings halloumi. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "Federal government now turning to Amazon, Overstock for ‘micro-purchases’," 1 July 2020 This fondue also stays melted even when at room temperature, so by the end of the day, if everyone needs their own dipping space, use individual bowls. Beth Segal, cleveland, "All in the family: Cooking with your kids while in quarantine," 5 May 2020 The menu is stocked with ultimate comfort food offerings like beef mushroom and ale pie, liver and onions, and a gooey fondue punched up with Guinness and served with soft pretzels primed for dipping. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "13 great Irish pubs in metro Phoenix," 28 Feb. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

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“Fondue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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