- a metal or earthenware cooking pot with a cover, usually large and often having legs.
Origin of marmite
1795–1805; < French, Middle French, apparently equivalent to mar(m)-, base of marmotter to mutter, murmur (see marmot) + mite expressive word for a cat; probably originally a jocular or nursery word, a deep, covered pot being thought of as secretive and hence catlike in comparison to an open pan; compare Old French marmite hypocritical
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Examples from the Web for marmite
His mistress gone, the pot ceases to boil; in fact, he calls her his marmite.An Englishman in Paris
Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
A marmite fell a few steps away, covering us with dirt—I see my comrade stagger, struck on the head with a large mass.A Blue Devil of France
G. P. Capart
If a richer soup is required add two teaspoonfuls of Nuto-Cream or Marmite just before serving.
At serving time, add a good teaspoonful of Nutril, Wintox or Marmite.
Put a teaspoon of Marmite into a pint of boiling water, season with pepper and salt, thicken with a little browned flour.
- a large cooking pot
- soup cooked in such a pot
- an individual covered casserole for serving soup
- US military a container used to bring food to troops in the field
from French: pot
- trademark British a yeast and vegetable extract used as a spread, flavouring, etc