Definition of pan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæn//
    In the kitchen
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  1. 1  a container, usually made of metal, with a handle or handles, used for cooking food in pots and pans a large stainless steel pan see also frying pan, saucepan See related entries: In the kitchen
  2. 2  the amount contained in a pan a pan of boiling water See related entries: In the kitchen
  3. 3(North American English) (British English tin) a metal container used for cooking food in a cake pan See related entries: In the kitchen
  4. 4either of the dishes on a pair of scales that you put things into in order to weigh them
  5. 5(British English) the bowl of a toilet
  6. see also bedpan, dustpan, skidpan, warming pan
    Word Originnoun Old English panne, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch pan, German Pfanne, perhaps based on Latin patina ‘dish’.Extra examples Turn the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Put your turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sugar.Idioms a sudden success that lasts only a short time and is not likely to be repeated He needed to prove that his success was not just a flash in the pan. (British English, informal) to be wasted or spoiled That's another brilliant idea down the pan.