a frying pan.
a cylindrical serving vessel of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, having a hinged lid, a handle, and, sometimes, feet.
Chiefly British. a long-handled saucepan.

Nearby words

  1. skill-less,
  2. skillcentre,
  3. skilled,
  4. skilled labor,
  5. skilless,
  6. skillful,
  7. skillfully,
  8. skilling,
  9. skillion,
  10. skilly

Origin of skillet

1375–1425; late Middle English; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skillet



a small frying pan
mainly British a saucepan

Word Origin for skillet

C15: probably from skele bucket, of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skjōla bucket

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Word Origin and History for skillet



c.1400, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle French esculette "a little dish" (Modern French écuelle), diminutive of escuele "plate," from Latin scutella "serving platter" (see scuttle (n.)); or formed in English from skele "wooden bucket or pail" (early 14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjola "pail, bucket").

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