1
: an enlisted man detailed to assist the cooks in a military mess
2
: the work of KPs

Word History

Etymology

kitchen police

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of KP was in 1918

Dictionary Entries Near KP

Cite this Entry

“KP.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/KP. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

KP

noun
1
: the military duty of helping to prepare, serve, and clean up after meals
2
: a person on KP
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