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noun (1)

ken·​nel ˈke-nᵊl How to pronounce kennel (audio)
: a shelter for a dog or cat
: an establishment for the breeding or boarding of dogs or cats
: a pack of dogs


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kenneled or kennelled; kenneling or kennelling

transitive verb

: to put or keep in or as if in a kennel

intransitive verb

: to take shelter in or as if in a kennel


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noun (2)

: a gutter in a street

Examples of kennel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Lancaster has only 176 dog kennels, but from October to December of 2023, an average of 821 dogs came in each month, making euthanasia for space a regular occurrence, even among highly adoptable, healthy, social dogs. Michelle Madden, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The kennel must be soft-sided, leak-proof, and have ventilation. Harrison Pierce, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Feb. 2024 At the start of the trial, prosecutor Creighton Waters revealed that Paul had taken a cell phone video near the dog kennels on the Islandton property at 8:44 p.m. on the night the murders occurred. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 This guy, who has the cutest ears, is a total sweetheart and does very well in his kennel. Teryn Jones, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Its kennels were nearly filled two weeks prior, but its staff members had worked hard to adopt out 598 animals and reunite 125 strays with their owners in 2023. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 While the shelter is once again accepting surrenders, too many dogs lead to enclosures that are roughly half the shelter’s preferred size and popup kennels in hallways and offices. TIME, 8 Jan. 2024 At the Palmdale shelter in particular, limited public access to kennels may be a factor. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 While filming Where Eagles Dare in the UK, the Burton-Taylors rented them the 200-ton Beatriz of Bolivia as a kennel at the equivalent of $8,000 a week today, mooring it near Tower Bridge in order to avoid quarantine laws. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 4 Nov. 2023
Rodriguez, the department’s deputy director, said Tundra could not be kenneled with other dogs and the shelter was full, so he was euthanized. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Considering an outbreak can last six months after the first sign of outbreak, those who plan to kennel their dogs during the holiday season are encouraged to vaccinate their dogs as soon as possible. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, 9 July 2023 Cases of the canine flu have been reported in Central Arkansas, and veterinarians recommend vaccinating dogs most at risk -- those that are kenneled, left at doggie day care, brought to dog shows or groomed at facilities with other dogs. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, 9 July 2023 Let the pointers work the big country and then kennel them up and let your crazy dog work the leftover heavy cover. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 4 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English kenel, from Anglo-French *kenil, from Vulgar Latin *canile, from Latin canis dog — more at hound

Noun (2)

alteration of cannel gutter

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1552, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kennel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Kennel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ken·​nel ˈken-ᵊl How to pronounce kennel (audio)
: a shelter for a dog
: a place where dogs or cats are bred or housed


2 of 2 verb
kenneled or kennelled; kenneling or kennelling
: to put or keep in a kennel

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