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  1. a pielike dish consisting of an unsweetened pastry shell filled with a custard and usually containing cheese and other ingredients, as vegetables, seafood, or ham: spinach quiche.
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Origin of quiche

1945–50; < French < German (dial.) Küche, diminutive of Küchen cake


  1. a Mayan language of Guatemala.
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  1. an open savoury tart with a rich custard filling to which bacon, onion, cheese, etc, are addedquiche Lorraine
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Word Origin

French, from German Kuchen cake
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Word Origin and History for quiche


1949, from French quiche (1810), from Alsatian German Küche, diminutive of German Kuchen "cake" (see cake (n.)). Became fashionable 1970s; became contemptible 1980s.

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