ra·​clette ra-ˈklet How to pronounce raclette (audio)
: a Swiss dish consisting of cheese melted over a fire and then scraped onto bread or boiled potatoes
also : the cheese used in this dish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Alpinage is among few places in Wisconsin that make raclette. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2022 Melting it over potatoes isn't the only way to eat raclette. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2022 Other accessible cheeses with good melting points include Emmentaler, Fontina, raclette, and young Gouda. Hannah Selinger, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2022 According to Januska, raclette is a washed rind cheese from France and Switzerland. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 Smack dab in the heart of Aspen village, French Alpine Bistro continues to serve up some of the best raclette and French-alpine vibes in town. Michelle Gross, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Après ski in sweats and order from the raclette cart roaming around the Alpenglow Lounge (from $1,395 a night). Janet O’grady, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 These are individually-owned and traditionally focus on regional cuisines – fondue and raclette in Switzerland, polenta and sausages in the Dolomites – usually at very reasonable prices and with stellar views. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2021 Next door, Bettina Roie's guests are greeted with a sign asking them to show their vaccination certificates at her stand serving Swiss raclette, a popular melted cheese dish. David Mchugh, Emily Schultheis, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, borrowed from Swiss French (Valais) (perhaps originally from a Franco-Provençal form), from racler "to scrape, even or clean by scraping" (going back to Middle French raicler, racler, borrowed from Old Occitan rasclar, going back to Vulgar Latin *rāsclāre, syncopated from *rāsiculāre, iterative from rāsus, past participle of rādere "to scrape, scratch, pare away, shave") + -ette, deverbal suffix marking place or object of an action; so called because the cheese was traditionally melted and scraped from a larger piece onto the other ingredients; as a name for a cheese, short for fromage à raclette — more at rase, -ette

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raclette was circa 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Raclette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raclette. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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