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chafing dish

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  1. an apparatus consisting of a metal dish with a lamp or heating appliance beneath it, for cooking food or keeping it hot at the table.
  2. a vessel that holds charcoal or the like, for heating anything set over it.

Origin of chafing dish

1400–50; late Middle English chafing warming (see chafe, -ing1)
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Historical Examples

  • Or take a chafing-dish of burning charcoal, place it under the branches of the bush or tree, and throw on it a little brimstone.

  • You have told me that when you go home you make yourself a chafing-dish supper.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • The eyes of the rest of the chapter were fastened on the chafing-dish.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • "Tell us about it, Ralph," said Duncan, as he emptied the cubes of cheese into the chafing-dish.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • It was necessary, before all, to dry their clothing, which was done with the chafing-dish.

British Dictionary definitions for chafing dish

chafing dish

  1. a vessel with a heating apparatus beneath it, for cooking or keeping food warm at the table
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