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 Bake directly in ovenproof skillet or spoon dressing into a lightly-buttered 9-inch square or 10-inch round baking dish that’s at least two inches deep. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "This oyster stuffing is great for Thanksgiving — and even better the next day," 19 Nov. 2020 My mother prepared our Thanksgiving feast in one large cast iron skillet. Los Angeles Times, "Twenty years later, the memory of Thanksgiving leftovers in Ensenada still nourishes the soul," 19 Nov. 2020 Lower the heat to medium, cover the skillet and continue cooking until the squash becomes tender, about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Skillet Roasted Butternut Squash and White Beans With Warm Spices," 18 Nov. 2020 Hub & Spoke also has a vegan grit skillet ($10.99), the centerpiece is a cake-style grits made with coconut milk, refrigerated overnight, cut into triangles and deep fried. Larrisa Beth Turner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "True Grits! 4 versions of this southern favorite in Salt Lake City," 18 Nov. 2020 Lunch is the loin from yesterday’s roadkill doe, cooked in a skillet by Chef Dan, who made last night’s dinner. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Meet the New Faces of Deer Hunting," 16 Nov. 2020 From the skillet, pour out the drippings so that only a thin layer remains., "Recipe: Grilled Chorizo Jalapeño Cornbread Dressing," 16 Nov. 2020 Add oil to skillet, then onion, red pepper, and thyme. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Cheesy Sausage & Pepper Pasta Bake," 12 Nov. 2020 Using a large skillet, saute the celery and onions in butter until tender. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Washing wine glasses," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of skillet was in the 15th century

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23 Nov 2020

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“Skillet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of skillet

: a frying pan

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