From French ramequin, from dialectal Dutch rammeken (“cheese dish”) (compare Flemish rameken (“toasted bread”)) or Low German ramken (“cream”), equivalent to ream + -kin. Compare mannequin/mannikin.
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.