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Origin of saucepan

First recorded in 1680–90; sauce + pan1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a metal or enamel pan with a long handle and often a lid, used for cooking food
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Word Origin and History for saucepan

1680s, from sauce (n.) + pan (n.). Originally a pan for cooking sauces.

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