[grat-n, graht-; French gra-tan]


Origin of gratin

1800–10; < French, Middle French; see grate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gratin

  • Dust the surface of the fennel with the salt and pepper, then evenly distribute the grated Parmesan over the gratin.

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    Eco-Chic Safari

    Sophie Menin

    July 27, 2010

  • I like to leave the gratin in the dish, pop it in the middle of the table and tuck in!

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    Butternut Squash, Plus Some Celeriac

    The Daily Beast

    November 25, 2008

Historical Examples of gratin

  • Before I'd caught my breath I'd skinned both my knees on the gratin', an' was climbin' up before she rolled again.

  • I guess, with a plug like that holdin' that gratin' fast, they'll need jacks t' open it.

    The Aztec Treasure-House

    Thomas Allibone Janvier

  • "You'll have to call out through that gratin' before they'll open the door," said he, half sulkily.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for gratin



Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gratin

light crust over a dish, 1806 (in au gratin), from French gratin "crust" (16c.), from gratter "to scrape, scratch" (see grate (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper