gra·tin | \ˈgra-tᵊn, ˈgrä- \

Definition of gratin 

1 : a brown crust formed on food that has been cooked au gratin also : a dish so cooked

2 : upper crust the gratin of London society

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Spoon the fried capers over the gratin, garnish with fresh dill, and serve warm with lemon wedges. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018 Pick your entree, such as sauteed salmon with ratatouille, duck confit with gratin dauphinois or beef pepper steak with sauteed potatoes and onions. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Two can share the queso fundido ($16), a bubbling inferno of chorizo and three cheeses in a little Staub gratin. Maggie Hoffman,, "Meet School Night, Dogpatch’s weeknight-only bar," 13 June 2018 It can be baked, roasted, stuffed, or turned into a gratin. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Why You Should Be Buying Spaghetti Squash at Costco," 7 June 2018 The gratin of society were summoned although the invitations were issued to their canine companions. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Tours the Best of the Côte d’Azur’s Historical Homes," 1 June 2018 Classics like pike quenelles, roast chicken for two with foie gras stuffing, leg of lamb with potato gratin, and several seasonal vegetable preparations bolster the menu. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "French Fare From a Comfort Food Veteran in the West Village," 22 May 2018 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Butter a 1 1/2-quart gratin or baking dish. Country Living, "Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken," 16 Feb. 2018 The avocado toast and mussels mariniere are $12 each, the cornbread is $9 and mac & cheese gratin is $10. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Greenwood in Highwood: Suburban hang with a city vibe," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gratin

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gratin

French, from Middle French, from grater to scratch

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The first known use of gratin was in 1806

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English Language Learners Definition of gratin

: a dish that has bread crumbs or cheese on top and is cooked in an oven

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