AskDefine | Define trivet

Dictionary Definition



1 a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
2 a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table

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Old English trefet, from Latin tripes, ‘tripod’.


  • /'trɪvɪt/


  1. a stand with three short legs, especially for cooking over a fire
    • 1994: Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing - They collected wood and built back the fire and they fetched rocks to make a trivet and there they set the bucket to boil.
  2. a stand, sometimes with short, stumpy feet, used to support hot dishes and protect a table

Extensive Definition

A trivet (), also known as a 'hot plate,' is an object placed between a serving dish or bowl, and a dining table, usually to protect the table from heat damage.
Trivet also refers to tripods used to elevate pots from the coals of an open fire. (The word trivet itself ultimately comes from Latin tripes meaning "tripod".) Metal trivets are often tripod-like structures with three legs to support the trivet horizontal in order to hold the dish or pot above the table surface. A trivet may often contain a receptacle for a candle that can be lighted to keep food warm.
Modern trivets are made from metal, wood, ceramic, fabric, or silicone.
trivet in Dutch: Onderzetter
trivet in Norwegian: Gryteunderlag
trivet in Norwegian Nynorsk: Gryteunderlag

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