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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cincinnati’s culinary scene is, at least in part, influenced by several things: German roots, access to abundant regional produce, a tradition of good beer to go with good food, and its residents’ devotion to longtime favorite eateries. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Exploring Cincinnati’s culinary scene," 1 Dec. 2019 San Francisco’s Bayview Bistro food truck park has expanded its culinary offerings to include Italian food mixed with soul food, meatless recipes from Vegan Hood Chefs, Peruvian ceviches, barbecue and tacos. Justin Phillips,, "Vegan Hood Chefs, Yo Soy Ceviche: Bayview Bistro welcomes new vendors," 27 Nov. 2019 Costa is a former Wall Street investment banker who cut his teeth in the culinary scene as an apprentice chef in Atlanta. al, "McFly’s and Unplugged are ready to serve up 80s/90s nostalgia in Five Points South," 23 Nov. 2019 The culinary scene in Accra goes well beyond their famous Jollof rice battle with nearby Nigeria. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Cherae Robinson of Tastemakers Africa Shows You How To Explore The Flavors Of Ghana," 5 Nov. 2019 In Vermont, Sugarbush Resort (, 802-583-6300) has become known as much for its culinary scene as its low-key vibe and northerly winds., "richard allen for the boston globe," 1 Nov. 2019 The diverse culinary scene in America's fourth-largest largest offers a wide range of options, making the decision of where to eat tough. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "World Series eats: Houston's top chefs hand pick your game day restaurants," 22 Oct. 2019 Visitors will likely be wowed by the lavish design — some walls and ceilings curve with the bends of the new guitar tower — and culinary offerings. Michael Mayo,, "New Hard Rock restaurants: A sneak peek of dining at the big guitar," 18 Oct. 2019 The festival also features comedy, art and upscale culinary offerings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fairgrounds ‘considering all options’ against KAABOO," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of culinary was in 1638

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Culinary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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delight or enjoyment

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