[ kas-uh-rohl ]
/ ˈkæs əˌroʊl /


a baking dish of glass, pottery, etc., usually with a cover.
any food, usually a mixture, cooked in such a dish.
a small dish with a handle, used in chemical laboratories.

verb (used with object), cas·se·roled, cas·se·rol·ing.

to bake or cook (food) in a casserole.

Nearby words

  1. cassel,
  2. cassel brown,
  3. cassel yellow,
  4. casselberry,
  5. cassena,
  6. cassette,
  7. cassette deck,
  8. cassette memory,
  9. cassia,
  10. cassia-bark tree

Origin of casserole

1700–10; < French: ladlelike pan, equivalent to casse small saucepan (< Old Provençal cassa large spoon, akin to Medieval Latin cattia crucible; of disputed orig.) + -role diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for casserole


/ (ˈkæsəˌrəʊl) /


a covered dish of earthenware, glass, etc, in which food is cooked and served
any food cooked and served in such a dishchicken casserole


to cook or be cooked in a casserole

Word Origin for casserole

C18: from French, from Old French casse ladle, pan for dripping, from Old Provençal cassa, from Late Latin cattia dipper, from Greek kuathion, diminutive of kuathos cup

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Word Origin and History for casserole



1706, "stew pan," from French casserole "sauce pan" (16c.), diminutive of Middle French casse "pan" (14c.), from Provençal cassa "melting pan," from Medieval Latin cattia "pan, vessel," possibly from Greek kyathion, diminutive of kyathos "cup for the wine bowl." Originally the pan, since c.1930 also of the dishes cooked in it, via cookery phrases such as en casserole, à la casserole.

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