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[ram-i-kin] /ˈræm ɪ kɪn/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ramekin
  • On the rack she sets a big bowl, with a small, flat ramekin upside down in it.
  • First, unmold desserts by taking a knife and running it along the edge of the ramekin.
  • The crust is only on the top, and the berry filling cooks in the ramekin.
  • Run a knife around the inside of each ramekin to loosen the sides.
  • Serve immediately, with a ramekin of butter on each plate.
  • Squeeze a few drops lemon juice over each shell or ramekin.
  • Cut strawberries and kiwi into slices and place in a ramekin.
British Dictionary definitions for ramekin


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