batterie de cuisine


bat·​te·​rie de cui·​sine ba-ˈtrē-də-kwi-ˈzēn How to pronounce batterie de cuisine (audio)
plural batteries de cuisine
: a set of metallic kitchen utensils : battery sense 1
Tin molds for this purpose have been used in France at least since the beginning of the 19th century, the time of the great chef Careme, who contributed more than a hundred molds and utensils to the current batterie de cuisine.Pierre Franey, New York Times, 14 Apr. 1982
Kitchen knives are, along with cookware, the most important item in the batterie de cuisine.The Guardian (London), 7 Dec. 1991
… a jumble of cast-iron pots, copper pans, weirdly shaped strainers, escargot pans, brioche molds and nearly every other conceivable weapon in the batterie de cuisine.Catherine Watson, Dallas Morning News, 6 May 2001
From the epoch that began with a tiny kitchen, three pans, and a big table, I emerged with four children, a batterie de cuisine, and a dining room table that seats 16.Cynthia Zarin, Gourmet, July 2009

Word History


borrowed from French, "battery (articles of wrought metal) of the kitchen"

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of batterie de cuisine was in 1773

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