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

1375–1425; late Middle English; origin uncertain
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Related Words

sheet, pot, kettle, bucket, saucepan, skillet, vessel, casserole, pail, roaster, pannikin, spider, broiler

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British Dictionary definitions for skillet


  1. a small frying pan
  2. mainly British a saucepan
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Word Origin

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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