skil·​let | \ˈski-lət \

Definition of skillet 

1 chiefly British : a small kettle or pot usually having three or four often long feet and used for cooking on the hearth

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To the victor goes the browned and crisped layer of cheese clinging to the bottom of the skillet. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "El Patrón in Walker's Point is a new but familiar Mexican restaurant," 19 June 2018 Wash and trim the tops and tails from about 15 radishes , then, one at a time, place each radish on a cutting board and smash it with the bottom of a skillet or some other heavy object. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "A $50 (Kinda) Brunch You Can Make Even When You’re Extremely Hungover," 24 May 2018 Scrape contents of skillet into a pot and add reserved peas and cooking liquid. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Hoppin’ John’s Hoppin’ John," 23 May 2018 To assemble: Spread the bottom of the skillet with ⅓ cup of the tomato sauce. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: For Cinco de Mayo, tortillas, spicy sauce, and filling are layered in pastel Azteca," 30 Apr. 2018 One even made mention of the electric skillet and the toaster oven. Bill Daley,, "Who makes the best frozen fries? We put nine brands to the test," 19 Mar. 2018 Well, here's to many, many more years—ahem, a lifetime—of skillet salsa, cornbread, and brownies. Southern Living, "Here's a Reason to Love Your Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet Even More," 12 Feb. 2018 Add orange juice and cook, scraping bottom of skillet, for 1 minute. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Orange-Garlic Chicken with Burst Tomatoes," 12 Feb. 2018 Fire investigators determined one of the occupants of the apartment was cooking french fries on the stove when the grease spilled out of the skillet and onto the front burner, Reith said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "4 firefighters injured battling south-side apartment fire," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of skillet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skillet

Middle English skelet, probably from Anglo-French *escuelete, diminutive of escuelle, eskil bowl — more at scullery

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skil·​let | \ˈski-lət \

Kids Definition of skillet

: a frying pan

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