Le Creuset is a French company that produces a line of high-quality baking ware, cookware and other kitchen products. The company was started in 1925 in Fresnoy-le-Grand, and it still operates a foundry there. "Le Creuset" is French for "the cauldron." The name reflects the cast-iron materials used in the signature pieces the company produces. While many may instantly recognize a Le Creuset pot, they may not recognize the brand name if they heard it, since many are confused about how to pronounce the name.
The pronunciation of Le Creuset includes three syllables. "Le" is the first syllable, and it is pronounced like "luh." "Creu" is the second and most dominant syllable. It is pronounced "croo" like "moo" or the first part of "cruise." Finally, "set" is the third syllable, and it sounds like "say." It has a softer sound than the "croo." The "s" also has a softer edge, more like a mix between an "s" and "z" sound. The whole pronunciation is "luh-CROO-s/zay."
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