Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large covered earthenware or metal cooking pot.
  • noun A small, covered earthenware casserole.

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  • noun A rounded earthenware cooking pot.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, hypocritical, marmite (possibly because the food is hidden inside) : marm-, akin to marmouser, to murmur + mite, cat (of imitative origin).]

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From French marmite.

Examples

  • I doubt you have ever heard a gay person say “As a gay person, my opinion on politics/the economy/football/marmite is …”

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  • food science: marmite is the french for turing | FreakyTrigger

    food science: marmite is the french for turing | FreakyTrigger

  • There were toast crumbs in the butter, so I’ve already come up with a dozen ways to kill you; the marmite is just another mitigating circumstance when it comes to trial.

    …things that niggle. « Sven’s guide to…

  • Well, the name comes from the name of a French casserole dish called a marmite pronounced Marmeet.

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  • The British breakfast staple, which was originally sold in earthenware jars that resembled the French stockpot called a marmite, was born more than 100 years ago in a small town called Burton-On-Trent.

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  • The British breakfast staple, which was originally sold in earthenware jars that resembled the French stockpot called a marmite, was born more than 100 years ago in a small town called Burton-On-Trent.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Extended family, of sorts, visited today and delivered this lovely little "marmite" made of chocolate that is given at this time of the year in Geneva.

    12/02/2007

  • Vegemite is Australian, we eat marmite, which is - coincidentally - made of Brewers Yeast, a by-product of Burton-on - Trent’s brewing industry.

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  • The keeping of the roads in good condition is necessary for the rapid carrying out of operations on the Front, and a "marmite" hole is promptly filled if by a lucky shot the German batteries happen to tear up the roadway.

    The White Road to Verdun

  • The keeping of the roads in good condition is necessary for the rapid carrying out of operations on the front, and a "marmite" hole is promptly filled if by a lucky shot the German batteries happen to tear up the roadway.

    The White Road to Verdun

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  • Are these weirdnet definitions which identify marmite as a kind of pot legit?

    July 17, 2008

  • It's French for stockpot.

    - look at the picture on the label

    July 17, 2008

  • Marmite and Promite are abominations.

    July 17, 2008

  • It's what you use for making marmotatouille.

    July 18, 2008

  • *hork*

    July 18, 2008

  • Marmite is delicious. Babies love it. Love it? Hate It?

    July 18, 2008

  • It warns you right on the label to "spread thinly." How good can it be if you don't want to slather it on?

    Babies also love rice flakes mixed with breast milk...

    July 18, 2008

  • Oh, you want to slather it on. It's just that the high salt content will give your kidneys a dose of the howling fantods if you do.

    July 18, 2008

  • ....ohhh...that does sound delicious...to DEER!

    July 18, 2008

  • Yes dear.

    July 18, 2008