Definition of marmite in US English:



  • An earthenware cooking container.

    • ‘The marmitako is a simple dish that fishermen used to cook in a marmite (a small cooking pot);reason for the name, marmitako.’
    • ‘The evening meal was slowly cooking in a marmite suspended from a hook.’
    • ‘Heat the olive oil in the marmite, then drain the chick-peas again and add them.’
    • ‘A garniture of turnips, carrots and potatoes cut in a tournage are cooked in a marmite till tender and served with the beef and sauces.’
    • ‘Place in a marmite, deep casserole or Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid. Then wrap the casserole completely in foil.’


Early 19th century: French, from Old French marmite ‘hypocritical’, with reference to the hidden contents of the lidded pot, from marmotter ‘to mutter’ + mite ‘cat’.