chafing dish

[chey-fing]
noun
1.
an apparatus consisting of a metal dish with a lamp or heating appliance beneath it, for cooking food or keeping it hot at the table.
2.
a vessel that holds charcoal or the like, for heating anything set over it.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English chafing warming (see chafe, -ing1)

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chafing dish (ˈtʃeɪfɪŋ)
 
n
a vessel with a heating apparatus beneath it, for cooking or keeping food warm at the table

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Example sentences
Before me a chafing dish filled with congealing pigs-in-a-blanket reminds me of my formerly bulbous thighs.
Cooked over a chafing dish in the dining room, it represents a corny perception of fanciness.
Ladle into a chafing dish or slow cooker to keep warm, if desired.
It should not consist of only a pound of sugar and a chafing dish.
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