A saucepan is a deep stovetop pan with a long handle and, usually, a lid. You might use a saucepan to cook sauce, or for the macaroni from your box of macaroni and cheese.

Saucepans are made out of various materials, from stainless steel and aluminum to copper and enamel-coated metal. If you have a kitchen, it's pretty likely you have a saucepan. They are deep enough to boil water in, and made to be used on top of a flame or electric coil. As you might guess from the name, the first saucepans, invented in the 17th century, were intended only for making sauces.

Definitions of saucepan
  1. noun
    a deep pan with a handle; used for stewing or boiling
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    double boiler, double saucepan
    two saucepans, one fitting inside the other
    stewing pan, stewpan
    a saucepan used for stewing
    type of:
    cooking pan, pan
    cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel
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