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[skil-it] /ˈskɪl ɪt/
a frying pan.
a cylindrical serving vessel of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, having a hinged lid, a handle, and, sometimes, feet.
Chiefly British. a long-handled saucepan.
Origin of skillet
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skillet
  • Grab a skillet and some friends, and put your cartons and creativity to work.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.
  • Heat the clean skillet over medium-low heat and grease lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, heat oil over medium heat.
  • In a wok or large, deep skillet over medium-high, heat the vegetable oil.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the canola oil.
  • Bring peanut oil to medium high heat in a large skillet.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the ghee.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
British Dictionary definitions for skillet


a small frying pan
(mainly Brit) a saucepan
Word Origin
C15: probably from skele bucket, of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skjōla bucket
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Word Origin and History for skillet

c.1400, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle French esculette "a little dish" (Modern French écuelle), diminutive of escuele "plate," from Latin scutella "serving platter" (see scuttle (n.)); or formed in English from skele "wooden bucket or pail" (early 14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjola "pail, bucket").

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