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[saws-pan] /ˈsɔsˌpæn/
a metal container of moderate depth, usually having a long handle and sometimes a cover, for stewing, boiling, etc.
Origin of saucepan
1680-90; sauce + pan1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for saucepan
  • Combine the garlic and oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  • Alternatively, use a metal bowl placed in a saucepan filled with water.
  • By the evening, he had made a pretty little saucepan.
  • Put one piece in saucepan with yolks of eggs slightly beaten and mixed with water and lemon juice.
  • Add seasonings to melted butter, and put dish containing butter in saucepan of hot water to keep butter melted.
  • Strain liquid from bottom of pan into another saucepan.
  • Once the liquid has reduced, return the chicken to the saucepan and mix with the sauce.
  • In a small saucepan, lightly salt water then bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, place chicken stock in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • He melted some butter in a copper saucepan and dumped in a pint of good gravy he had made the previous night.
British Dictionary definitions for saucepan


a metal or enamel pan with a long handle and often a lid, used for cooking food
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Word Origin and History for saucepan

1680s, from sauce (n.) + pan (n.). Originally a pan for cooking sauces.

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