any dish having a lightly browned, crisp crust on top, esp. one topped with bread crumbs or grated cheese and broiled briefly
Origin of gratinFr, bread crumbs, scrapings ; from gratter, to scrape, grate
Origin of gratinéFrench ; from past participle of gratiner, to prepare with a crust of breadcrumbs and grated cheese ; from gratin: see gratin
A top crust consisting of browned crumbs and butter, often with grated cheese.
Origin of gratinFrench, from obsolete grater, to scratch, scrape, from Old French; see grate1.