ket·​tle | \ ˈke-tᵊl How to pronounce kettle (audio) \

Definition of kettle

1 : a metallic vessel usually used for boiling liquids especially : teakettle
b : a steep-sided hollow without surface drainage especially in a deposit of glacial drift
4 : a usually large group of raptors (such as hawks or vultures) circling high in the sky on an updraft of warm air … more than 500 birds have been seen riding the same spiraling thermal air current, or "kettle," as they are known to hawk-watchers.— Rick Steelhammer

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Recent Examples on the Web Moore quickly branched out from her plain kettle corn and began making savory, premium and sweet options. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Celebrate National Popcorn Day at this Black-owned small business that sells 40 different flavors of popcorn," 19 Jan. 2021 Di Ruocco sees massive potential in the single-serve coffee bags in hotel rooms, which would only have to provide guests with the pouches, mugs and a kettle. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area specialty roasters used to scoff at instant coffee. Now, they’re making it in droves to meet demand," 19 Jan. 2021 The 13 best things our editors bought in 2020, from a tea kettle that made our homes cozier to fitness equipment that made working out at home easier. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The $600 question: When is it coming?," 28 Dec. 2020 Thousands of kettle locations were eliminated because the businesses that once hosted them have closed and foot traffic has diminished as much of the public opts to stay at home. Sally Ho, The Christian Science Monitor, "Americans are giving more than ever to charities. Is it enough?," 14 Dec. 2020 Thousands of kettle locations were eliminated because the businesses that once hosted them have closed and foot traffic has diminished as much of the public opts to stay at home. oregonlive, "Donations to nonprofits soar amid coronavirus pandemic, but so does need for help," 13 Dec. 2020 In London, the Southampton Arms has temporarily rebranded itself the Noodle Arms after its owner bought a kettle to make instant noodles. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Forget Brexit and Lockdowns. England Is Debating Pork Pies and Scotch Eggs.," 11 Dec. 2020 There also are fewer kettle sites because there have been fewer volunteers this year. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Glimmers of hope: Gold coin, gold bar dropped in Salvation Army kettles in season of rising need and dwindling donations," 1 Dec. 2020 Instead of large, shared bowls, fill small red-and-white bags with kettle corn or handmade crackers. Melissa Feldman, ELLE Decor, "Here Are 14 Festive—and Safe—Holiday Entertaining Ideas for 2020," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of kettle

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kettle

Middle English ketel, from Old Norse ketill (akin to Old English cietel kettle), both from a prehistoric Germanic word borrowed from Latin catillus, diminutive of catinus bowl

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The first known use of kettle was in the 13th century

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14 Feb 2021

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“Kettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kettle

: a container used for heating or boiling liquid


ket·​tle | \ ˈke-tᵊl How to pronounce kettle (audio) \

Kids Definition of kettle

1 : a pot for boiling liquids
2 : teakettle

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