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English definition of “pan”

pan

noun (CONTAINER)    /pæn/
B1 [C] a metal container that is round and often has a long handle and a lid, used for cooking things on top of a cooker: Heat the milk in a small pan. This dishwasher even washes pots and pans (= different types of pan).Pots and pans C2 [C] mainly US a metal container used for cooking things inside the cookerPots and pans
(Definition of pan noun (CONTAINER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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