Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hot dish made of melted cheese and wine and eaten with bread.
  • n. A similar dish, especially one consisting of a melted sauce in which pieces of food, such as bread, meat, or fruit, are dipped or cooked: chocolate fondue.
  • n. A soufflé usually made with cheese and bread crumbs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dish made of melted cheese, chocolate etc., or of a boiling liquid into which food can be dipped.
  • v. To prepare or serve as a fondue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dish made of cheese, eggs, butter, etc., often seasoned with kirsch and white wine, melted together, and usually used as a dip for pieces of bread.
  • n. A dish consisting of pieces of solid food cooked in or dipped into a hot sauce.
  • adj. Melted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cheese-pudding, made of grated cheese, eggs, butter, and seasoning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cubes of meat or seafood cooked in hot oil and then dipped in any of various sauces
  • n. hot cheese or chocolate melted to the consistency of a sauce into which bread or fruits are dipped

Etymologies

French, from feminine past participle of fondre, to melt; see fondant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fondue ("melted"), from fondre ("to melt"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word fondue comes from the French verb fondre, which means "to melt," and the practice actually originated in Switzerland as a way for both peasants and nobility alike to use up hardened cheese and/or stale bread.

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  • A fondue is a delicious way to while away a cold winter evening ... huddled around a pot of molten cheese, dipping in crusty bread and potato wedges.

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  • Since our home made fondue is only cheese, we're not used to cooking our meat in an oil fondue.

    Our 2nd Anniversary weekend: Movies, Baseball, and Fondue

  • The word fondue is a derivative of the French chit-chat, fondre, which means "to fade".

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  • Years ago we were in Torino during white truffle season and had 'fondue' - or a plate of melted cheese and white truffles...

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  • Although any pot with high sides will do, a fondue set is a great investment, particularly for making Swiss fondue, which is a hot pot of oil placed in the center of the table, letting guests cook their own bite-size pieces of meat, poultry, or fish.

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  • We loved the idea of fondue made with chocolate and cajeta a close cousin of dulce de leche, and when we saw that hardlikearmour used coconut milk to make her cajeta, well -- there was no holding us back.

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  • Classic Swiss fondue, known as fondue au fromage, involves dipping bread cubes in a decadent mixture of melted cheese, white wine, kirsch, and seasonings, while for fondue bourguignonne, cubes of meat are cooked in a pot of hot oil and then dipped in different sauces.

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  • The fondue is a mixture of emmental and gruyere cheeses with a touch of kirschwasser and served with bread, fruit and veggies for dipping.

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  • The overall experience was decent, but the fondue was a disappointment.

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