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 a griddle or two large skillets over high heat. Los Angeles Times, "Matt Molina of Hippo in Highland Park makes perfect green beans," 11 Sep. 2019 Lodge Cast Iron and other manufacturers make a variety of affordable cast-iron griddles and skillets. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Weeknight chicken challenge met with a hot griddle and fast recipes," 11 Sep. 2019 Choose from spongy tiramisu or a giant skillet cookie. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 50 places in Indianapolis that give you free food on your birthday," 5 Sep. 2019 Melt the butter in a deep skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Mince the garlic and add it to the pan. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This lighter fettuccine still delivers the cheesy, creamy goodness we crave," 4 Sep. 2019 For the carrots: In a cast iron skillet, heat safflower oil over medium-high heat. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 For hearty eaters, try the Eggs in Purgatory, a sourdough bread bowl twist on the Moroccan shakshouka eggs-and-tomato skillet dish. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 to try: New North County restaurants for Mexican, Mediterranean and more," 22 Aug. 2019 Appetizers include Brazilian cheese bread, Vietnamese pho soup dumplings and Argentinian provoleta cheese served in a cast-iron skillet with chimichurri sauce. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Traveler’s Table restaurant set to take over former Aqui space in Montrose," 6 Aug. 2019 On Sunday, Lambert, 35, posted a video of McLoughlin trying his hand at cooking some stick-to-your-ribs southern cuisine on a down home iron skillet. Jordan Runtagh,, "Miranda Lambert's Husband Brendan McLoughlin Tries Cooking Her Southern Fried Chicken," 5 Aug. 2019

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

Kids Definition of skillet

: a frying pan

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