frying pan


: a metal pan with a handle that is used for frying foods

called also fry pan

out of the frying pan into the fire
: clear of one difficulty only to fall into a greater one

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Place the onion, pork and beef in a large frying pan with the oil and cook thoroughly. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2022 In the frying pan with the fat rendered from browning the meatballs, add the onion and garlic with a big pinch of salt and sweat over low heat until soft, 5 minutes or so. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Add all the ingredients in the frying pan to the pan with the black-eyed peas. Madhur Jaffrey, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2022 And there’s nothing worse than losing your flavorful coating to the frying pan, so pat your chicken cutlets with a paper towel to remove all excess moisture. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2023 The couple made meals with a toaster oven, microwave, electric frying pan and rice cooker. Rob Perez, ProPublica, 26 Nov. 2022 Out of the frying pan and into a fresh fire, the pilot must make contact with the airline to arrange a rescue. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 11 Jan. 2023 Using a frying pan without oil, heat it up and place the latkes in the pan until warm. Shimi Aaron, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2022 From caustic kitchen to Cosmic Cowboy, Jeremy Allen White is hopping out of the frying pan and into the wrestling ring. Vulture, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frying pan was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Frying pan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

frying pan

: a metal pan with a handle for frying foods

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