Definition of chafing dish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


chafing dish

BrE BrE//ˈtʃeɪfɪŋ dɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃeɪfɪŋ dɪʃ//
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a metal pan used for keeping food warm at the table Word Originlate 15th cent.: from the original (now obsolete) sense of chafe ‘become warm, warm up’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chafing dish