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[fon-doo, -dyoo, fon-doo, -dyoo; French fawn-dy] /fɒnˈdu, -ˈdyu, ˈfɒn du, -dyu; French fɔ̃ˈdü/ Cookery.
noun, plural fondues
[fon-dooz, -dyooz, fon-dooz, -dyooz; French fawn-dy] /fɒnˈduz, -ˈdyuz, ˈfɒn duz, -dyuz; French fɔ̃ˈdü/ (Show IPA)
a saucelike dish of Swiss origin made with melted cheese and seasonings together with dry white wine, usually flavored with kirsch: served as a hot dip for pieces of bread.
a dish of hot liquid in which small pieces of food are cooked or dipped:
beef fondue; chocolate fondue.
a baked soufflélike dish usually containing cheese and cracker crumbs or bread crumbs.
Also, fondu. melted.
Origin of fondue
1875-80; < French; feminine of fondu fondu Unabridged
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  • Yet the fondue has added to the gaiety and inebriety of nations, if not of dictionaries.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • There is a conspiracy among the dictionary makers to take the heart out of the fondue.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • When the knife comes out clean, take the basin out of the water and turn the fondue out on a dish.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • He tells, too, of a fondue party he threw for a couple of his septuagenarian cousins in Paris "about the year 1801."

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • At such a party a little heated wine is added if the fondue gets too thick.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • Please note that fondue protocol calls for each egg to be beaten separately in cases like this.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for fondue


/ˈfɒndjuː; French fɔ̃dy/
a Swiss dish, consisting of cheese melted in white wine or cider, into which small pieces of bread are dipped and then eaten
Word Origin
C19: from French, feminine of fondu melted, from fondre to melt; see fondant
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Word Origin and History for fondue

1878, French cooking term (15c.), literally "melted," properly fem. past participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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