Definition of bain-marie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bain-marie

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌbæn məˈriː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbæn məˈriː//
 
(from French)
 
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a pan of hot water in which a bowl of food is cooked or warmed slowly Word Origin early 18th cent.: French, translation of medieval Latin balneum Mariae ‘bath of Maria’, translating Greek kaminos Marias ‘furnace of Maria’, said to be a Jewish alchemist.