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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The house has a 9-foot-square wine closet on the main floor between the kitchen and dining room. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3.8M Grand Blanc home is one of the biggest in Genesee County," 16 Jan. 2021 The main house has eight bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half baths, a walk-in wine cellar, library, gourmet kitchen and a lounge. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Dwayne Johnson’s Powder Springs property on market for $7.5M," 15 Jan. 2021 The restaurant was drawn up to bring as much of that along as possible, with its wide-open kitchen and casual, order-at-the-counter approach. Ian Mcnulty,, "Born in bars, inspired by home, Budsi’s Authentic Thai opens a Marigny restaurant," 15 Jan. 2021 The lower level provides additional living space that can be used as an in-law suite, offering a full kitchen, bedroom, wine cellar, bathroom and den with a stone fireplace. cleveland, "Iconic Rocky River home overlooking Cleveland Yacht Club asks $2.49M: House of the Week," 15 Jan. 2021 Built in 1995, this three-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,104 square feet and features three bedrooms on the main level, eat-in kitchen, porch, full unfinished basement, and wide driveway. Star Tribune, "Home listings: What $249,900 buys in the Twin Cities area," 15 Jan. 2021 The facility’s commercial kitchen will produce an assortment of bites to complement the wines. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Rex Hill tasting room lights up with a dramatic makeover," 13 Jan. 2021 Garbo’s bed and pictures, her kitchen and her hall are still imbued with her magnetic presence. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... La Quinta Resort & Club," 11 Jan. 2021 The two worked out a deal that allowed Onodera to build out his own kitchen and dining room while sharing a prep area and restrooms with the larger restaurant next door. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Times, "At Morihiro in Atwater Village, one of L.A.'s best sushi chefs finds a new home," 6 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of kitchen was before the 12th century

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22 Jan 2021

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“Kitchen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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