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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Food, too, doesn't disappoint: Tuck into veal steak with lobster and mashed potatoes, or a rack of lamb with an artichoke gratin. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "When in Germany, Drink Riesling," 4 Sep. 2018 My favorite Parisian dish is: gratin dauphinois at La Poule au Pot. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Chloé’s New Creative Director Is Just Like You," 1 Aug. 2018 Seared halibut on a leek gratin with tomato jam and lemon beurre blanc Serves 8 Halibut 8 6-ounce halibut fillets, skin off Pinch of kosher salt Pinch of pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Try this seared halibut with tomato jam from Lilly's Bistro," 10 Apr. 2018 Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes. Ina Garten, House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese," 5 Aug. 2010 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

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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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