kettle

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noun ket·tle \ˈke-təl\

Definition of kettle

  1. 1 :  a metallic vessel usually used for boiling liquids; especially :  teakettle

  2. 2 :  kettledrum

  3. 3 a :  pothole 1b b :  a steep-sided hollow without surface drainage especially in a deposit of glacial drift

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


First Known Use: 13th century


KETTLE Defined for English Language Learners

kettle

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noun ket·tle \ˈke-təl\

Definition of kettle for English Language Learners

  • : a container used for heating or boiling liquid


KETTLE Defined for Kids

kettle

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noun ket·tle \ˈke-təl\

Definition of kettle for Students

  1. 1 :  a pot for boiling liquids

  2. 2 :  teakettle



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