sauce·​pan ˈsȯs-ˌpan How to pronounce saucepan (audio)
 especially British  -pən
: a small deep cooking pan with a handle

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saucepan was in 1682

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“Saucepan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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sauce·​pan ˈsȯ-ˌspan How to pronounce saucepan (audio)
: a small cooking pan with a handle

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