noun bain–ma·rie \ˌban-mə-ˈrē, ˌbaⁿ-\

Definition of bain–marie



  1. :  a cooking utensil containing heated water in which food in smaller pots is cooked — compare double boiler

Origin and Etymology of bain–marie

French, from Medieval 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

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