fondue

[fon-doo, -dyoo, fon-doo, -dyoo; French fawn-dy]Cookery.
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.
  3. a baked soufflélike dish usually containing cheese and cracker crumbs or bread crumbs.
adjective
  1. Also fondu. melted.

Origin of fondue

1875–80; < French; feminine of fondu fondu
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Examples from the Web for fondue

Contemporary Examples of fondue

  • In the 1950s, fondue became popular as an American party food, both for its novelty and its communal nature.

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    The Perfect Fondue

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    March 2, 2010

  • The best part: Fondue has come out of the closet, and is no longer limited to melted cheese and bread.

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    The Perfect Fondue

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    March 2, 2010

  • The match for a dark, heavy beer is a food that is just as robust: fondue.

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    5 Pioneering Ways to Cook with Beer

    Stacey Slate

    February 2, 2010

Historical Examples of fondue

  • 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."

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    Robert Carlton Brown

  • At such a party a little heated wine is added if the Fondue gets too thick.

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    Robert Carlton Brown


British Dictionary definitions for fondue

fondue

noun
  1. 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 for fondue

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)).

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