1822, from French bain-marie, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae, literally "bath of Mary." Based on French sources, possibly so named for the gentleness of its heating. Middle English had balne of mary (late 15c.). French bain is from baigner "to bathe," from Latin balneare.
a sizable pan which full of warm water; smaller pans containing meals may be set in the larger cooking pan to help keep meals cozy or even cook food slowly
- A vessel for holding heated water for which another vessel can be heated without scorching its articles; -- useful for warming or organizing food or pharmaceutical products.
- two fold boiler
(letter.) A vessel for holding heated water for which another vessel is heated without scorching its articles; -- employed for warming or organizing food or pharmaceutical arrangements.