or ram·e·quin



a small dish in which food can be baked and served.
a small, separately cooked portion of a cheese preparation or other food mixture baked in a small dish without a lid.

Origin of ramekin

1700–10; < French ramequin < dialectal Dutch, Middle Dutch rammeken
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Examples from the Web for ramekin

Historical Examples of ramekin

  • Anything used in a scramble or an omelet may be placed in the bottom of the ramekin.

  • Sometimes Roquefort is added, as in the Ramekin recipes below.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • A “left-over” which is otherwise hopeless may often be used advantageously in a ramekin with an egg.

  • Put a tablespoonful of the sauce into a ramekin, add a small peeled tomato, and cover with the sauce.

  • Put in ramekin and bake 20 or 30 minutes in slow oven until well browned.

    Dietetics for Nurses

    Fairfax T. Proudfit

British Dictionary definitions for ramekin




a savoury dish made from a cheese mixture baked in a fireproof container
the container itself

Word Origin for ramekin

C18: French ramequin, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for ramekin

1706, from French ramequin (late 17c.), said to be from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Low German rom "cream"), from Proto-Germanic *rau(g)ma-, of uncertain origin.

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