From French ramequin, either from dialectal 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.
ramekin (plural ramekins)
- (cooking) A small glass or earthenware dish, often white and circular, in which food is baked and served.
- A cheese- or meat-based dish baked in a small mold.
- ^ Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 2009, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.