bain-ma·​rie ˌban-mə-ˈrē How to pronounce bain-marie (audio)
plural bains-marie ˌban-mə-ˈrē How to pronounce bain-marie (audio)
: a cooking utensil containing heated water in which food in smaller pots is cooked compare double boiler

Examples of bain-marie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Warriner said the bain-marie warming counters most buffets use aren’t very efficient at keeping food warm, so the longer food sits on a buffet counter, the greater the opportunity for harmful pathogens to grow. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French, from Middle French, translation of Medieval Latin balneum Mariae, literally, Mary's bath, after Maria Hebraea, Mary the Jewess, legendary inventor of apparatus used in alchemy

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bain-marie was in 1723

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“Bain-marie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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