Pronunciation: (bān'mu-rē'; Fr. ban-ma-rē'), [key]
—pl. bains-ma•riePronunciation: (bān'mu-rē'; Fr. ban-ma-rē'). [key]
1. (in cooking) a receptacle containing hot or boiling water into which other containers are placed to warm or cook the food in them.
2. Brit.a double boiler.
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