au gratin

[ oh -graht-n, oh -grat-n, aw -graht-n, aw -grat-n; French oh gra-tan ]
/ oʊ ˈgrɑt n, oʊ ˈgræt n, ɔ ˈgrɑt n, ɔ ˈgræt n; French oʊ graˈtɛ̃ /

adjective Cooking.

cooked or baked with a topping of either browned breadcrumbs and butter or grated cheese, or with both: au gratin potatoes;cauliflower au gratin.

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Origin of au gratin

First recorded in1800–10; from French: literally, “with the scraping,” (i.e., the burnt part)
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British Dictionary definitions for au gratin

au gratin
/ (French o ɡratɛ̃) /

adjective

covered and cooked with browned breadcrumbs and sometimes cheeseAlso: gratinated

Word Origin for au gratin

French, literally: with the grating
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