noun (1)
ken·​nel | \ ˈke-nᵊl How to pronounce kennel (audio) \

Definition of kennel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a shelter for a dog or cat
b : an establishment for the breeding or boarding of dogs or cats
2 : a pack of dogs


kenneled or kennelled; kenneling or kennelling

Definition of kennel (Entry 2 of 3)

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


noun (2)

Definition of kennel (Entry 3 of 3)

: a gutter in a street

First Known Use of kennel

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

History and Etymology for kennel

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

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“Kennel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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ken·​nel | \ ˈke-nᵊl How to pronounce kennel (audio) \

Kids Definition of kennel

1 : a shelter for a dog
2 : a place where dogs or cats are bred or housed

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