cu·​li·​nary | \ ˈkə-lə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce culinary (audio) , ˈkyü- How to pronounce culinary (audio) , ˈkü- How to pronounce culinary (audio) \

Definition of culinary

: of or relating to the kitchen or cookery culinary arts culinary recipes culinary schools

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Other Words from culinary

culinarily \ ˌkə-​lə-​ˈner-​ə-​lē How to pronounce culinarily (audio) , ˌkyü-​ , ˌkü-​ \ adverb

Examples of culinary in a Sentence

They serve a variety of culinary delights.

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Two Birds One Stone offers a refreshing Japanese twist to Napa’s culinary scene; while Auberge Du Soleil can't be missed for a delicious lunch with a view. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 In 2014, Gray brought Serrao, whose family owned bakeries in Barbados and who had attended culinary school in Piedmont, Italy, into the fold. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Ghetto Gastro Opens Labyrinth 1.1, Their New HQ in the Bronx," 7 Jan. 2019 On May 12, the park plans a 30th birthday celebration with a concert by the Spazmatics, retro merchandise and special culinary offerings. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "SeaWorld opened to eager crowds 30 years ago," 13 Apr. 2018 Ole & Steen’s culinary director Derek Hunt, left, stands beside a rack of pastries flanked by pastry chef Malou Bennes and lead baker Søen Nissen. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The New York Danish Faces a Danish Invasion," 19 Jan. 2019 But the culinary director, Alexander Harris, formerly of Union Square Hospitality Group and the Pierre, corrects, nudges, guides. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 The chef from RockSugar, Mohan Ismail, will also serve as the Social Monk culinary director. Southern Living, "The Cheesecake Factory Is Debuting a New Restaurant This Fall," 22 June 2018 Since acquiring the Prep Kitchen company, the Krauses have hired a new chief culinary director, chef Joseph Elevado, whose past credits include executive chef positions at Nobu, Social House and Andrea’s Restaurant in Las Vegas. Pam Kragen,, "Prep Kitchen opening San Marcos location," 31 May 2018 Jennifer Higa, culinary director, said the cookbook team was looking for grants and funding to help them self-publish. Allison Steele,, "Penn Appetit! In their spare time, these students publish a food magazine and cookbook," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of culinary

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for culinary

Latin culinarius, from culina kitchen — more at kiln

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English Language Learners Definition of culinary

: used in or relating to cooking


cu·​li·​nary | \ ˈkə-lə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce culinary (audio) , ˈkyü-\

Kids Definition of culinary

: of or relating to the kitchen or cooking culinary skills

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