gra·​tin ˈgra-tᵊn How to pronounce gratin (audio) ˈgrä- How to pronounce gratin (audio)
: a brown crust formed on food that has been cooked au gratin
also : a dish so cooked
: upper crust
the gratin of London society

Examples of gratin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arrange some pear wedges on each piece of toast, then pour the cheese sauce over them, dividing it evenly among the gratin dishes. Bonnie S. Benwick, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Add kale and spinach to flavorful shakshuka, and trade potatoes for cabbage in a savory gratin. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 Some of dishes to look forward to include caviar guacamole, oyster gratin, crispe striped bass and more. Amanda Mesa, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 This 1987 release is still filled with revelations, like beets in walnut vinaigrette, corn and green chili chowder, and white bean and eggplant gratin. Alicia Kennedy, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2024 Lightly coat a 1-quart gratin baking dish with cooking spray. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 30 Dec. 2023 Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin This creamy gratin stars two of fall’s VIP ingredients: butternut squash and apple. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 To make the gratin, preheat the oven to 375 degrees, then peel and soak your potatoes in water. Dan Lindbergand, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 The culinary term gratin refers to the method of baking or broiling with a grated cheese and breadcrumb-based topping for a crispy result. Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from Middle French, from grater to scratch

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gratin was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Gratin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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