skil·​let | \ ˈski-lət How to pronounce skillet (audio) \

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

Examples of skillet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or frypan over medium heat. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2021 This can be done by quickly sautéing them with a splash of oil in a wide skillet or Dutch oven, or by steaming them over a little bit of simmering water in a pot. Lukas Volger, Bon Appétit, 7 Sep. 2021 Preheat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or other similarly sized baking dish) liberally with butter. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Transfer to a cutting board and lightly crush with a heavy skillet or meat mallet. Dawn Perry, Country Living, 20 June 2021 Drain, stem and finely chop the chipotle. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat until shimmery. Gregory Gourdet, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 In a skillet or grill pan over medium to high heat, drizzle olive oil into the pan. Fox News, 30 May 2021 My introduction to the cake began decades ago, as a child, when my grandmother started her day (before dawn) browning flour in a cast-iron skillet. Jacques Kelly,, 25 Dec. 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Skillet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of skillet


skil·​let | \ ˈski-lət How to pronounce skillet (audio) \

Kids Definition of skillet

: a frying pan

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