kitch·​en | \ ˈki-chən How to pronounce kitchen (audio) \

Definition of kitchen

1 : a place (such as a room) with cooking facilities
2 : the personnel that prepares, cooks, and serves food
3 : cuisine

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Although a room where food is cooked is called a kitchen, the words cook and kitchen are so different that it is surprising to learn that they both come from the same source. Both words can be traced to the Latin verb coquere, meaning “to cook.” The connection between coquere and cook is easy to see, but kitchen has a more involved history. From the verb coquere came the later Latin noun coquina, meaning “a kitchen.” With some changes in pronunciation, coquina came into Old English as cycene. This became Middle English kichene and finally modern English kitchen.

Examples of kitchen in a Sentence

They want a house with a large kitchen.

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This one has a rustic, farmhouse vibe that would look incredible on a porch or in a kitchen, maybe even paired with some shiplap in a dining or living room. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Drop everything—Wayfair is having a massive 72-hour clearance sale," 15 June 2019 The kitchen, with Cambria quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and double ovens, opens directly into an informal dining space that transitions into a family room, which is connected to one of the home's two sun rooms. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $745K home is a secluded gem just 15 minutes south of Downtown," 14 June 2019 This seems to be a result of both the region becoming more accessible to outsiders, as well as an influx of immigrants bringing their own styles to the kitchen. NBC News, "What the 'Blue Zone' island of Sardinia can teach us about living longer," 10 June 2019 Philadelphia Magazine chronicles her journey back to the kitchen. Ray Boyd,, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 Carr, who spent 21 years overseeing Ringside’s kitchen, plans to get married in July. Michael Russell,, "Ringside Steakhouse to close this summer for a 'nip and tuck’ remodel," 5 June 2019 The kitchen, in the back of the apartment, is fully involved—on fire from wall to wall. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 In the front of the kitchen, a young woman is pressing white dough through a seimenki, a noodle-making machine that resembles a giant pasta maker. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Udon, Japan’s Most Important Noodle, Is Worth Traveling For," 31 May 2019 Made from cedar, wood and corrugated metal, and framed by Cryptomeria japonica and a potted umbrella pine, the sauna spills onto the back patio — an intimate seating area off the kitchen, where the couple has morning coffee. Amy Pennington, The Seattle Times, "A couple’s Rainier Beach garden is a place of creativity, vision and function," 19 May 2019

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First Known Use of kitchen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kitchen

Middle English kichene, from Old English cycene, from Late Latin coquina, from Latin coquere to cook — more at cook

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English Language Learners Definition of kitchen

: a room in which food is cooked


kitch·​en | \ ˈki-chən How to pronounce kitchen (audio) \

Kids Definition of kitchen

: a room in which food is prepared and cooking is done

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