lar·​der ˈlär-dər How to pronounce larder (audio)
: a place where food is stored : pantry
: a supply of food

Examples of larder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Caves became homes and lagoons became larders (and in some cases, both still are today). Vogue, 17 Feb. 2023 Gemma's body in the trunk at the foot of the bed and move it to the game larder. Sara Netzley,, 9 Feb. 2023 And York St John University opened a larder for students just before Christmas, offering free food, toiletries and stationary to help students with the cost of living. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 For a wasp, the large butterfly is clearly the better investment, as a hitchhike would lead it to a gigantic larder for its young. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2010 The females treat turtle nests like their own private larder. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2011 In the early 1900s, putting a piece of bedsheet or nightshirt in the larder (food-storage cupboard) was supposed to bring plentiful food. Christina Barron, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2023 Girling describes his cooking as regional Italian, concentrating on Northern and Central styles, where pastas are egg yolk-based, the breads are bigger, and beef, pork and butter are in the larder. Dallas News, 25 Oct. 2022 Ever fermenting, the Red Panda larder will be formidable, enabling spontaneity. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 27 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English larder, lardyr "supply of cured meat, place where such meat is prepared and stored," borrowed from Anglo-French larder, lardre (also continental Old French lardier), from lard, larde "cured pork fat, bacon" + -er, -re -er entry 2 — more at lard entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of larder was in the 14th century

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“Larder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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lar·​der ˈlärd-ər How to pronounce larder (audio)
: a place where foods are kept
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