chafing dish

chaf·ing dish | \ˈchā-fiŋ- \

Definition of chafing dish 

: a utensil for cooking or keeping food warm at the table

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Castaway will no longer be serving brunch in large chafing dishes and will instead move toward more specialty selections which include crab-cake eggs benedict as well as lobster and waffles — a more expensive spin on chicken and waffles, Smith said. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Castaway to hold grand reopening after renovation," 2 May 2018 Unlike many American food trends of the 1890s, such as the Waldorf salad and chafing dishes, the club sandwich has endured, immune to obsolescence. Smithsonian, "The History of Five Uniquely American Sandwiches," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of chafing dish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chafing dish

Middle English chafing, present participle of chaufen, chafen to warm

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English Language Learners Definition of chafing dish

: a dish that is used for cooking or warming food at the table

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