bain-marie [beyn-muh-ree; French ban-ma-ree] /ˈbeɪn məˈri; French bɛ̃ maˈri/ Show IPA
, pluralbains-marie [beyn-muh-ree; French ban-ma-ree] /ˈbeɪn məˈri; French bɛ̃ maˈri/ Show IPA
(in cooking) a receptacle containing hot or boiling water into which other containers are placed to warm or cook the food in them.
British. a double boiler.
1815–25; < French, Middle French, translation of Medieval Latin balneum Mariae literally, bath of Mary, reputed to be a Jewish alchemist who devised such a heating technique, and sometimes identified with Moses' sister Miriam