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noun [countable] pan pronunciation in American English /pæn/
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  1. 1
    a round metal container used for cooking, with a handle and usually a lid. A saucepan has tall sides and a frying pan is wider with shorter sides and usually no lid

    Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion over a gentle heat.

    pots and pans:

    There was plenty of space in the kitchen for storing pots and pans.

    1. a.
      the contents of a pan, or the amount that a pan holds

      a pan of boiling water

    2. b.
      American a metal container used for baking. The British word is tin

      a cake pan

    See also bedpan, dustpan
  2. 3
    informal a steel drum. This word is used mainly by people who play these drums.
  3. 5
    British the bowl of a toilet

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