kitchen

noun
kitch·en | \ ˈki-chən \

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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Did You Know?

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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Monnich’s kitchen also does a fine job with its charcuterie, especially the coarse-ground chicken-mushroom pâté scented with Madeira. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 The bar will be serving prepared foods and snacks from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits and Blackberry Market, since the bar doesn’t have a kitchen. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 No extended-stay hotels or hotel units containing kitchens or kitchenettes or an apartment hotel, residential hotel, or serviced apartment complex that uses a hotel-style booking system can be built under this agreement. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Duluth approves additional funds for downtown parking facility," 13 July 2018 At the same time, a lot of the pot-slamming perfectionism that shapes public perception of upscale kitchens comes from television. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 Electronics, home and kitchen items, beauty products, food, baby items and other categories have items marked as Prime Day launches. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 These manipulate ingredients, utensils and heat sources in a well-equipped kitchen. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 The head chef, Jason Rutigliano, works from an open kitchen/tent adjoining the restaurant. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 The first brand of travel trailer Traveland sold was a small teardrop with a kitchen below a hatch in the rear made by the now-defunct Kit Manufacturing. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 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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kitchen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kitchen

: a room in which food is cooked

kitchen

noun
kitch·en | \ ˈki-chən \

Kids Definition of kitchen

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

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