: of or relating to the kitchen or cookery
culinary arts
culinary recipes
culinary schools
ˌkə-lə-ˈner-ə-lē How to pronounce culinary (audio)

Examples of culinary in a Sentence

They serve a variety of culinary delights.
Recent Examples on the Web This eventually led her to culinary school in France. Lauren Paige Richeson, Essence, 20 Sep. 2023 This nostalgic generation has revitalized not only the culinary custom of yakgwa, but also the market for it. Eric Kim, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 While Louisville has its share of white-tablecloth places with old-fashioned service (and menu offerings to match), the energy in its increasingly eclectic culinary scene has begun to shift into unexpected places. Valerie Rains, Southern Living, 7 Sep. 2023 Bring your picnic blankets and get ready to dig into the culinary treats of local food trucks for a movie under the stars accompanied by a live 52-piece symphony orchestra and jazz band. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Locals will know that Morris Ave. is a popular spot buzzing with local businesses like Alabama Peanut Company and some newest additions to the Magic City’s ever-expanding culinary scene like The Essential, Bar La Fete, and the James Beard nominated Pizza Grace. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 One of the state’s culinary leaders, she was named best chef in the Mountain region last year by the James Beard Foundation. Julia Moskin, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 From natural wonders like Gullfoss Waterfall and the Northern Lights to the buzzing culinary scene and fascinating history and culture of this Nordic island, Iceland has much to offer travelers. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, 9 Sep. 2023 As the title suggests, the recipes hail from the Roman Jewish culinary canon, which is marked by scrappy, humble ingredients with bold flavors. Olga Massov, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin culinarius, from culina kitchen — more at kiln

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of culinary was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Culinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to the kitchen or cooking
culinary workers
culinary skills

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