gra·​tin | \ ˈgra-tᵊn How to pronounce gratin (audio) , ˈgrä- How to pronounce gratin (audio) \

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

Examples of gratin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pour any leftover liquid in the bowl over the top of the gratin. Christian Reynoso,, "Cooking with legendary Bay Area drag queen helped me see beauty in community," 25 June 2020 Take the gratin out of the broiler and let cool for 5 minutes. Christian Reynoso,, "Cooking with legendary Bay Area drag queen helped me see beauty in community," 25 June 2020 Truffled potato gratin and spring vegetables are sides and New York cheesecake with berry compote is dessert. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Mother's Day: Here are 31 restaurants for takeout brunch and dinner in metro Phoenix," 5 May 2020 With crispy bits and caramelization, fennel gratins make an easy and tasty side dish. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Make fennel your new best frond in these 8 fresh recipes," 3 Dec. 2019 Small plates: lobster gratin with green plantain; roasted baby carrots; pork cracklings with aji amarillo; grilled cauliflower with jalapeno and currants; corn cakes with pork belly; and grilled octopus with smoky Peruvian chili sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Alma: South American ‘soul’ food in Highland Village," 24 Feb. 2020 There are leeks vinaigrette and leek gratin, pot-au-feu and cassoulet. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Le Crocodile’s Bold Brooklyn Ambitions," 21 Feb. 2020 Shee Shee cooked hamburgers and thin, crisp fries, beef stroganoff, and potato gratin. Naz Riahi, Longreads, "All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran," 19 Mar. 2020 Transfer them to a gratin dish of a size to just hold them, arranged side by side. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Want to actually learn how to cook? Start with this iconic 1974 cookbook," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

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“Gratin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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