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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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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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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