[ fon-duh nt; French fawn-dahn ]
/ ˈfɒn dənt; French fɔ̃ˈdɑ̃ /


a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
a candy made of this paste.

Nearby words

  1. fond,
  2. fond du lac,
  3. fonda,
  4. fonda, henry,
  5. fonda, jane,
  6. fondle,
  7. fondly,
  8. fondness,
  9. fondu,
  10. fondue

Origin of fondant

1875–80; < French: literally, melting, present participle of fondre to melt, found3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fondant

British Dictionary definitions for fondant


/ (ˈfɒndənt) /


a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
a sweet made of this mixture


(of a colour) soft; pastel

Word Origin for fondant

C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found ³

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Word Origin and History for fondant



1877, from French fondant, noun use of present participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).

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