[ fon-doo, -dyoo, fon-doo, -dyoo; French fawn-dy ]

noun,plural fon·dues [fon-dooz, -dyooz, fon-dooz, -dyooz; French fawn-dy]. /fɒnˈduz, -ˈdyuz, ˈfɒn duz, -dyuz; French fɔ̃ˈdü/.
  1. 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.

  2. a dish of hot liquid in which small pieces of food are cooked or dipped: beef fondue; chocolate fondue.

  1. a baked soufflélike dish usually containing cheese and cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs.

  1. Also fondu . (of food) melted.

Origin of fondue

First recorded in 1875–80; from French; feminine of fondu “melted”; see fondu

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British Dictionary definitions for fondue


/ (ˈfɒndjuː, French fɔ̃dy) /

  1. a Swiss dish, consisting of cheese melted in white wine or cider, into which small pieces of bread are dipped and then eaten

Origin of fondue

C19: from French, feminine of fondu melted, from fondre to melt; see fondant

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