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

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The gratin of café society was present, from Mrs. Winston Churchill to the Aga Khan and Prince Rainier—who, in those pre–Grace Kelly days, brought another gorgeous Hollywood star, Gene Tierney, as his date. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation Host a Grand Masked Ball at the Palazzo Labia," 21 May 2019 The dinner begins with summer vegetable soup, followed rack of lamb with sauteed spinach, farro-goat cheese gratin and red wine gastrique. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Opening Day tops this week’s events," 11 July 2019 To assemble on a plate: Cut a square of warm leek gratin. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "With a little Southern hospitality and new recipes, this Bardstown Road spot keeps evolving," 10 Apr. 2018 Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. Arrange the peaches in a 9-by-13-inch or similar-size baking pan or gratin dish. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, " writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 Transfer stuffing to a roasting pan or gratin dish. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Everyone’s Secret-Favorite Thanksgiving Dish," 8 Nov. 2018 Remove gratin from oven and sprinkle lemon juice, zest and parsley over top. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Why Mayonnaise is Magic," 9 Nov. 2018 Bake gratin on center rack of oven until bubbly and golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Why Mayonnaise is Magic," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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