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 eat-in kitchen has an island, granite countertops, abundant cabinet space, a butler's pantry, wine storage, walk-in pantry and top-of-the-line appliances. Dallas News, "Lori Kircher holds open new JanMar listing," 23 Feb. 2020 The eat-in kitchen comes with cherry cabinets, granite counters, two Sub-zero fridges, two JennAir ovens, Gaggenau cooktop and butler’s pantry. cleveland, "Spanish-style oasis in Medina asks $4.95 million: House of the Week," 21 Feb. 2020 In the kitchen, vials of Iwo Jima sand sat on a shelf, near an old photo of President Harry Truman giving him the medal. Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, "How a West Virginia farm boy became a fearsome warrior with a flamethrower at Iwo Jima," 19 Feb. 2020 Each cadet had a tall clothes cabinet, and one of those is now used for storage in the kitchen. Mary M. Fisher,, "Historic military academy dorm now one of Alamo Heights’ most unusual homes," 19 Feb. 2020 The banana flower salad ($12) caught my eye instantly and was an absolute knockout compilation of ingredients, the gold standard for how far creativity can take one in the kitchen. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mellwood restaurant is blowing up Louisville's food scene with New American fusion," 19 Feb. 2020 The first bite is pure delicious, warm sweet dough with the fruity plum butter filling is worth every minute spent in the kitchen. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For this family, making paczki at home is tradition, flavored by a grandmother's knowhow," 18 Feb. 2020 To his knowledge, no one in the kitchen has been infected with the virus. Hillary Leung, Time, "Inside Life on the Crew Decks on Coronavirus-Stricken Diamond Princess Cruise Ship," 17 Feb. 2020 Healthy baking recipes are a great way to get creative in the kitchen. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "34 Healthy Baking Recipes Full of All Kinds of Goodness," 15 Feb. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kitchen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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