Meaning of chafing dish

chaf'ing dish"

Pronunciation: (chā'fing), [key]
  1. an apparatus consisting of a metal dish with a lamp or heating appliance beneath it, for cooking food or keeping it hot at the table.
  2. a vessel that holds charcoal or the like, for heating anything set over it.
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