ov·​en | \ ˈə-vən How to pronounce oven (audio) \

Definition of oven

: a chamber used for baking, heating, or drying

Examples of oven in a Sentence

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Please take the pizza out of the oven.

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The kitchen, with Cambria quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and double ovens, opens directly into an informal dining space that transitions into a family room, which is connected to one of the home's two sun rooms. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $745K home is a secluded gem just 15 minutes south of Downtown," 14 June 2019 Meanwhile, heat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the middle position. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: A hearty Father’s Day menu, starring steak," 12 June 2019 Instead, how about staying in the kitchen, preheating the oven and baking a pie? Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 On a trip to L.A. to buy a pizza oven, Ladeki met Ed LaDou, Puck’s first pizza chef at the celebrated Spago. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Restaurants are a risky business: here’s how 4 beat the odds," 9 June 2019 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place duck in a roasting pan, season with salt, to taste, and roast for 2 hours. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Sage French Café demystifies crispy duck," 7 June 2019 There’s no surer way to make a kitchen unbearably hot than by a turning on the oven. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cool Down a Room (Without Blasting A/C)," 7 June 2019 Come summertime in the South, the last thing anybody wants to do is turn on the oven. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Blue Bell’s Southern Blackberry Cobbler is Back for the Summer!," 7 June 2019 The first class meal back then was a whole white glove presentation—from caviar to roast beef—and cooked in the tiny ovens on board. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Was a Flight Attendant During the Golden Age of Travel," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of oven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oven

Middle English, from Old English ofen; akin to Old High German ofan oven and perhaps to Greek ipnos oven

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The first known use of oven was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of oven

: a piece of cooking equipment that is used for baking or roasting food


ov·​en | \ ˈə-vən How to pronounce oven (audio) \

Kids Definition of oven

: a heated chamber (as in a stove) for baking, heating, or drying

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