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.
Recent Examples on the Web The living room area is also very spacious and is separated from the kitchen by a granite island with bar stools. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Over the years, the group moved from a kitchen to the garage and became a fundraiser for Delafield youth sports. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2022 In the kitchen, a brightly colored vibrator was charging. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 In the kitchen of his and Samantha’s apartment, Adam refilled his glass of water. Matt B. Weir, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 The first option is a more traditional Colonial space, with walls separating a formal dining room from the kitchen. Maya Homan,, 7 Jan. 2022 Bunting says from the kitchen of their small home in Pemberton, with Burkett’s laughter audible in the background. Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 7 Jan. 2022 Northbrook architect Michael Menn landed a new client when a homeowner heard a cracking noise and ventured from the kitchen of her vintage house to the living room. Joanne Cleaver,, 23 Dec. 2021 As the wind howled and the ship rolled, crashes would emanate from the kitchen and smartly uniformed waiters wobbled between the tables, trying to keep the plates in the air. Simon Willis, Travel + Leisure, 14 Dec. 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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22 Jan 2022

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“Kitchen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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