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[grat-n, graht-; French gra-tan]
  1. au gratin.
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Origin of gratin

1800–10; < French, Middle French; see grate2
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Contemporary Examples of gratin

Historical Examples of gratin

  • "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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for gratin


  1. See au gratin
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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.)).

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