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[fon-doo, -dyoo, fon-doo, -dyoo; French fawn-dy] /fɒnˈdu, -ˈdyu, ˈfɒn du, -dyu; French fɔ̃ˈdü/ Cookery.
noun, plural fondues
[fon-dooz, -dyooz, fon-dooz, -dyooz; French fawn-dy] /fɒnˈduz, -ˈdyuz, ˈfɒn duz, -dyuz; French fɔ̃ˈdü/ (Show IPA)
a saucelike dish of Swiss origin made with melted cheese and seasonings together with dry white wine, usually flavored with kirsch: served as a hot dip for pieces of bread.
a dish of hot liquid in which small pieces of food are cooked or dipped:
beef fondue; chocolate fondue.
a baked soufflélike dish usually containing cheese and cracker crumbs or bread crumbs.
Also, fondu. melted.
Origin of fondue
1875-80; < French; feminine of fondu fondu Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fondue
  • His white and dark chocolate fondue is accompanied by homemade churros, macaroons and brownies for dipping alongside fruit.
  • To serve, spear a fruit piece with fondue fork or bamboo skewer.
  • Upon searching the area, the officers discovered on the ground a seven-inch long utensil described as a fondue fork.
  • Alternative cooking sources in times of emergency including candle warmers, chafing dishes, fondue pots or a fireplace.
  • It makes great frosting, a fantastic fondue fountain, and more candy bars than can be counted.
British Dictionary definitions for fondue


/ˈfɒndjuː; French fɔ̃dy/
a Swiss dish, consisting of cheese melted in white wine or cider, into which small pieces of bread are dipped and then eaten
Word Origin
C19: from French, feminine of fondu melted, from fondre to melt; see fondant
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Word Origin and History for fondue

1878, French cooking term (15c.), literally "melted," properly fem. past participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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