ov·​en | \ˈə-vən \

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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Here's a fancy food alert, hot out of the oven: Chip and Joanna Gaines have just shared the first photos of the dishes that will be on the menu at Magnolia Table in Waco, TX. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Joanna & Chip Gaines' New Breakfast Restaurant Is Officially Open For Business," 27 Mar. 2018 Photo: Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal Matzo chips made by the Matzo Project coming out of the oven. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Matzo S’mores: Brilliant? Or Brooklyn?," 27 Mar. 2018 The couple made a name for themselves in South Carolina’s booming culinary scene, cooking Neapolitan-style pizzas in a ceramic-tile oven that Swemle built by hand and mounted on an old flatbed trailer. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Mobile Pizzeria’s Clam Pie Is to Die For," 19 June 2018 Work in batches and can keep warm in oven at 250 degrees. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "German Pancakes from Jenn Wirtz of Der Braumeister (recipe)," 9 May 2018 Spread the coconut flakes over the lined baking sheet and put in the still-hot oven for about 10 minutes, or until fragrant and just golden brown. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Re-Create Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Cake," 3 May 2018 For example, Shrinky Dinks are plastic toys from the 1980s that are designed to get smaller when baked in an oven. Brittan Heller, WIRED, "What Mark Zuckerberg Gets Wrong—and Right—About Hate Speech," 2 May 2018 But Simplot has also found success with Baby Bakers, a 4-ounce frozen potato that can be served after 10 minutes in the microwave or 20 minutes in a conventional oven. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "You know the russet, Idaho’s Goliath potato. Meet its colorful David challengers. | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 At Rolls’s new engine factory in Singapore, lightweight titanium fan blades similar to the faulty ones on 787s are baked into shape in ovens. The Economist, "The world’s three biggest engine-makers hit a snag," 22 Mar. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of oven

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

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