skil·​let ˈski-lət How to pronounce skillet (audio)
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 Southern tradition pairs them with a slow cook and a piece of pork, but a quick sauté in the skillet is a fine way to treat them as well. Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 7 Sep. 2023 Jessica Taylor pours unroasted coffee beans into a hot cast iron skillet in her East Dallas apartment. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2023 Be sure to stir continuously to prevent said syrup from sticking to the skillet. Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Working in two batches, dip 2 bread slices into egg mixture, and then add to hot skillet. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023 Or wrap them around fillets of fresh wild Alaska sablefish before searing in a hot skillet; some even adorn pizza and pea and zucchini risotto. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 Our tests proved this as the skillet heated amongst the most even. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2023 Add shrimp with the cilantro mixture to the same skillet. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2023 Feel free to use a brush to evenly apply the oil to the skillet or the exterior of the quesadilla. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Skillet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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