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[grat-n, graht-; French gra-tan] /ˈgræt n, ˈgrɑt-; French graˈtɛ̃/
Origin of gratin
1800-10; < French, Middle French; see grate2 Unabridged
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  • "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
  • 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
  • Before I'd caught my breath I'd skinned both my knees on the gratin', an' was climbin' up before she rolled again.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for gratin


/French ɡratɛ̃/
See au gratin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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