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 To the skillet, add tomato paste, maple syrup, barbeque sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and water; stir to combine. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Baked Beans: Classic recipe makes use of pantry ingredients," 29 Mar. 2020 Try adding oregano, extra garlic and something in the onion family like scallions to the skillet. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Creamy Pasta Forever," 21 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large skillet on medium until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemony Carbonara With Peas," 20 Feb. 2020 Cook bacon in a medium skillet on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 mins. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Tomato Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette," 5 Aug. 2019 Heat oil in a large skillet on medium, then stir in garlic and lemon zest until beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Garlicky Fiesta Shrimp," 20 Aug. 2018 To finish: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium-size skillet on medium-high heat. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Paneer paratha and essential Indian flatbreads," 8 June 2018 Brown meat with bell pepper in large skillet on medium-high heat. Ann Maloney,, "Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell shares a family recipe for taco pie," 22 Jan. 2018 To the remaining cooking liquid in the skillet, whisk in the butter. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corned beef: Here's what you need to know and three ways to cook it," 8 Mar. 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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3 Apr 2020

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“Skillet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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