Meaning of “pan” in the English Dictionary

"pan" in British English

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uk /pæn/ us /pæn/

pan noun (CONTAINER)

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).

[ C ] US UK tin a metal container without a lid used for cooking food in the oven:

Put both cake pans in the oven for half an hour.

More examples

  • Divide the mixture evenly between the baking pans.
  • Don't bother drying the pans - just leave them to drain.
  • Fry the onions in a shallow pan.
  • Stir the sauce so that it doesn't stick to the pan.
  • I dropped a pan of boiling water and scalded my leg.



uk /pæn/ us /pæn/ -nn-


uk /pæn-/ us /pæn-/

(Definition of “pan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pan" in American English

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pannoun [ C ]

us /pæn/

pan noun [ C ] (CONTAINER)

any of various types of metal containers, usually not deep, used for cooking food:

a frying pan
Louise moved around some pots and pans on the stove.


us /pæn/ -nn-

pan verb (CRITICIZE)

[ T ] infml to severely criticize something:

Critics panned the concert.

pan verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[ I ] (of a movie camera) to move gradually in one direction:

Opening scenes panned the crowded, cluttered street.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “pan” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)