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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Step 5Bake gratin in preheated oven, rotating halfway through, until squash is tender and golden on edges and cream sauce is set, 40 to 45 minutes. People Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 Choose small, ripe tomatoes and scoop out their pulp before roasting, so the gratin doesn’t turn soupy. WSJ, 26 July 2022 Mac-and-cheese gratin with aged cheddar is a terrific side. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 Remove the gratin from oven, let rest at least 5 minutes, then top with remaining basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. WSJ, 26 July 2022 The atmosphere was corporate canteen, but the fare was refined, especially a fruit salad with lime zest and, at dinner, a Roscoff-onion soup with buckwheat, sweetbreads, and a gratin of regional Ty Ewen cheese. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Divide the spinach mixture among four individual gratin dishes (or one 8-inch round or oval oven-proof baking dish). Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 Here’s a hearty, vegetable gratin with a crunchy, cheesy topping. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2022 In an oval gratin dish or 7-by-11-inch Pyrex dish, arrange citrus in a spiral, alternating Cara Cara and blood oranges. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 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 2 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 1 Oct 2022

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