ov·​en ˈə-vən How to pronounce oven (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Oven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oven. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ov·​en ˈəv-ən How to pronounce oven (audio)
: a chamber (as in a stove) used for baking, heating, or drying
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