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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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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Nearly half of the respondents who completed a total kitchen remodel were looking for better functionality, according to survey results. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Rise of the Child-Friendly Luxury Kitchen," 14 June 2018 Observed missing drain plugs all throughout the kitchen floors. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Was your restaurant food surrounded by rat poop? If you ate here, it was," 12 July 2018 After the restaurant closed, a video showing a cook smash the head of a rodent on the kitchen floor surfaced. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Cook recorded smashing a rat’s head with hatchet on kitchen floor, restaurant shut down," 24 June 2018 The interiors, for example, feature graphic tiling on the kitchen floor and backsplash and modern furniture that contrast with the exposed stone walls and the overall rough-hewn aspect of the original home. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Renovated courtyard house is all about indoor-outdoor living," 11 June 2018 Lying on the kitchen floor inside the home, deputies found Miranda, still unconscious. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland mom says she is proud of daughter’s 9-1-1 call for help," 7 June 2018 During that time viewers saw film footage of Kennedy lying on the kitchen floor, a pair of hands cradling his head and a pool of blood underneath it. Stephen Battaglio,, "Robert Kennedy assassination: a time of terror, disbelief and sorrow, much of it live on TV," 4 June 2018 After an hour, the tile counters looked like new, and the kitchen gleamed. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 The open kitchen has stainless appliances and stone counters, and the dining room features built-in cabinetry; sliders lead to a good-sized deck and lush, landscaped backyard. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with air conditioning in every room," 13 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 \

Kids Definition of kitchen

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

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