skillet (n.)

c. 1400, skellet, "pan used for boiling or frying," a word of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French escuelette "a little dish" (Modern French écuelle), diminutive of escuele "plate," from Latin scutella "serving platter" (see scuttle (n.)); or formed in English from skele "wooden bucket or pail" (early 14c.), from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse skjola "pail, bucket."

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