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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Peel the skin off 12 white asparagus stalks and tie them up into bundles of six using kitchen twine or rope. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "3 Simple Ways to Cook With Asparagus," 5 Apr. 2019 The interiors are a master class in sleek mountain modern: think living rooms that pair neutrals with warm woods, kitchens adorned with sculptural chandeliers, bedrooms with plush rugs and sharp, structural bed frames—and a dash of Western style. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside Gigi Hadid’s Chic Alpine Getaway to Jackson Hole," 2 Apr. 2019 But one reason those movies are alluring to a wider audience than older women is that their protagonists have the best homes — including kitchens that people would murder for — and the plushest lives money can buy. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 Aether’s chef de cuisine, Chris Boyce, now chef de cuisine at Mistral King of Prussia, will be in the kitchen overseen by executive chef Scott Anderson and elements’ chef de cuisine, Mike Ryan. Michael Klein,, "Aether, an offshoot of popular Princeton restaurants, to put the fish in Fishtown," 13 July 2018 In home kitchens and in hospitals, Steyn suspended spider webs by a string attached to a nail. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Much of what was good in Dennis Raber’s life came from the kitchen, Raber said. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "The Center's new commercial-grade kitchen to honor Homer Glen man who battled heroin addiction," 14 July 2018 Many have been updates with contemporary kitchens, custom LED lighting, hardwood floors and colorful exteriors. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Homes for sale in East End, one of Houston's transforming neighborhoods," 12 July 2018 Alas, Livsey, too, was away from the kitchen during our visit., "A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors," 6 July 2018

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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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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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