Fond is used in the cooking world to refer to the browned bits that are left in the bottom of the pan after cooking a piece of meat. They are the foundation of all pan sauces and are all the rage in cooking circles. Its all about the browned bits!

To make a quick pan sauce: deglaze the pan with wine and stock, making sure to scrape up the fond. Reduce by 1/2 and finish with a tablespoon of butter.

Fond (?), obs.

imp. of Find. Found. Chaucer.


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Fond, a. [Compar. Fonder (?); superl. Fondest.] [For fonned, p. p. of OE. fonnen to be foolish. See Fon.]


Foolish; silly; simple; weak. [Archaic]

Grant I may never prove so fond
To trust man on his oath or bond.


Foolishly tender and loving; weakly indulgent; over-affectionate.


Affectionate; loving; tender; -- in a good sense; as, a fond mother or wife. Addison.


Loving; much pleased; affectionately regardful, indulgent, or desirous; longing or yearning; -- followed by of (formerly also by on).

More fond on her than she upon her love.

You are as fond of grief as of your child.

A great traveler, and fond of telling his adventures.


Doted on; regarded with affection. [R.]

Nor fix on fond abodes to circumscribe thy prayer.


Trifling; valued by folly; trivial. [Obs.] Shak.


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Fond, v. t.

To caress; to fondle. [Obs.]

The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast.


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Fond, v. i.

To be fond; to dote. [Obs.] Shak.


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Fond (?), n. [F., fr. L. fundus. See Fund.] [Obs., or used as a French word]


Foundation; bottom; groundwork; specif.:

(a) (Lace Making)

The ground.

(b) (Cookery)

The broth or juice from braised flesh or fish, usually served as a sauce.


Fund, stock, or store.


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