kettle

noun ket·tle \ ˈke-tᵊl \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of kettle

1 : a metallic vessel usually used for boiling liquids; especially : teakettle
3 a : pothole 1b
b : a steep-sided hollow without surface drainage especially in a deposit of glacial drift

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Origin and Etymology of 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


KETTLE Defined for English Language Learners

kettle

Definition of kettle for English Language Learners

  • : a container used for heating or boiling liquid


KETTLE Defined for Kids

kettle

noun ket·tle \ ˈke-tᵊl \

Definition of kettle for Students

1 : a pot for boiling liquids
2 : teakettle


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