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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Remember that night when your lasagna bubbled over in the oven? Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 The loaves are baked in an industrial oven so old that replacement parts are made by an on-site machinist. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 In the Hallmark Christmas movie universe, there’s nothing quite as charming as a woman who knows her way around an oven. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 If your oven catches on fire, keep the door closed, turn off the heat immediately, and call 911. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "This Is Exactly How To Put Out A Grease Fire," 22 Nov. 2018 While 8-10 quarts is considered a substantial slow cooker size (and will feed more than ten people!), some roaster ovens offer a whopping 22 quarts of space for slow cooking. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "16 Best Slow Cookers That Do All the Hard Work for You," 1 Nov. 2018 Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven and heat to 450°F. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018 Think of the difference between sticking your hand in a 212°F oven and in a pot of boiling water. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is shooting a spaceship at the sun. It might help us solve a huge mystery.," 8 Aug. 2018 Melanie, who formerly operated her own catering business, purchased state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, including a convection oven and a separate steam oven, and then Brooks designed cabinetry to accommodate them. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 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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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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