frying pan

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of 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

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First Known Use of frying pan

14th century

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Definition of frying pan for English Language Learners

  • : a metal pan that has a long handle and is used for frying



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