Definition of tian in English:



  • 1A dish of sliced vegetables cooked in olive oil and then layered in a dish and baked au gratin.

    • ‘The tian de légumes was a little pile of warm vegetables (sliced tomato, zucchini, onions), covered in a thin coating of melted raw milk cheddar, and it was delicious.’
    • ‘His mother's aubergine, spinach and tomato tian looked an unusual combination of flavours, but she declared it fresh and tasty.’
    • ‘I started with poached Scottish lobster in a tian of avocado, marinated red pepper with a caviar dressing.’
    • ‘For centuries, long-cooked, slow-simmered foods have been the hallmark of many cuisines around the world, including humble soups and stews such as the French cassoulet and tian and the Moroccan tagine.’
    • ‘A versatile fruit, it can be made into mousses, tians and, of course, the famous guacamole.’
    • ‘The Mole (my spy in Cork) had the tian of crab with tomato jelly, avocado and creme fraiche for €9.50.’
    • ‘My companion had the warm tian of tomato, aubergine, pesto and mozzarella with balsamic dressing for €6.50.’
    • ‘Gravadlax tian with white-radish rémoulade sounded enticing, and it looked picture-perfect when it arrived.’
    1. 1.1 A large oval earthenware cooking pot traditionally used in Provence.
      • ‘This is the excuse you needed to buy a beautiful earthenware tian made in the South of France.’
      • ‘It turns out that Tian refers to the dish that the melange is baked in.’
      • ‘Butter an earthenware tian or any baking dish and pour the mixture into it.’


Provençal, based on Greek tēganon ‘frying pan’.