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

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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Cite this Entry

“Bain-marie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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