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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Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until just starting to smoke. Nick Kindelsperger, charlotteobserver, "Can you cook a great steak indoors? Yes, if you learn this trick," 26 June 2018 Melt remaining butter in large skillet or on a griddle over medium. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "Not Your Average French Dip," 25 June 2018 Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Alison Roman, The Cut, "Forget Engagement Chicken. Meet Breakup Steak.," 6 June 2018 Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil and the garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Shishito peppers: Saute, roast, grill them. (Don't worry about seeds)," 5 June 2018 Brown: Heat oil and butter in a wide skillet over medium. Leah Eskin,, "Mushrooms meet sherry and cream for a memorable toast topping," 30 May 2018 Heat at least 1 to 2 inches of canola oil plus the sesame oil in a skillet over high heat. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Fiddlehead Tempura With Sriracha Creme Fraiche," 18 May 2018 Heat in a skillet over medium heat and add grated shallot. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fresh asparagus is even better with hot bacon dressing," 16 May 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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