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

  • n. A cheese preparation made with eggs and bread crumbs or unsweetened puff pastry, baked and served in individual dishes.
  • n. A small dish used for baking and serving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small glass or earthenware dish, often white and circular, in which food is baked and served

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as ramequin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Toasted cheese and bread, or toast and cheese; Welsh rabbit; also, bread-crumb baked in a pie-pan with a farce of cheese, eggs, and other ingredients.
  • n. The case or mold in which a ramekin is baked and served: also ramekin-mold or -case.

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

  • n. a cheese dish made with egg and bread crumbs that is baked and served in individual fireproof dishes
  • n. a small fireproof dish used for baking and serving individual portions


French ramequin, perhaps from Dutch dialectal rammeken, toasted bread, or from Low German ramken, diminutive of ram, cream (from Middle Low German rōme).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ramequin, either from dialectical Middle Dutch rammeken ("cheese dish") or from Middle Low German ramken ("cream"), diminutive of ram ("cream"), from rōme, akin to Old English rēam ("cream"), German Rahm ("cream"). More at ream. (Wiktionary)



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  • mmmm, creamy

    July 19, 2007

  • only for creamy dishes

    February 19, 2007