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.
Recent Examples on the Web Leaving an electric oven to radiate heat can melt knobs and can catch nearby flammable items, like dishcloths, on fire. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "How to stay warm when you lose heat in your home," 18 Feb. 2021 If crackers need to be crisper, return to 200 degree oven and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes more. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Homemade crackers 2.0: They’re not just for cheese boards anymore," 12 Feb. 2021 The small business has been on a wild ride since converting the cart for pizza at the end of 2019, with COVID-19 shutdowns, wildfire smoke and the occasional uncooperative oven. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Food cart favorite Bull Run Pizza is opening a restaurant in a prime NE Portland location," 11 Feb. 2021 Their hardware is well-established however, while Intel’s is hot out of the proverbial oven. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Intel's first Xe graphics cards won't work in AMD systems," 27 Jan. 2021 Simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours (alternatively, transfer to a 325°F oven and bake, covered, 2 hours). Kate Merker, Country Living, "Guinness Beef Stew," 25 Jan. 2021 Obviously, oven mitts are always needed when handling items that are placed into and removed from an oven. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best popover pan," 23 Dec. 2020 Preheat an oven to 200 degrees Celsius (392 Fahrenheit), gas mark 6. Richard Vines, Bloomberg.com, "Scotch Eggs Are U.K’s Hottest Snack: Here’s How to Make Them," 19 Dec. 2020 Before the tapes could be played on analog tape machines and transferred to digital files, many had to be baked — where they are placed in an oven at low heat to extract moisture that accumulates over time. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood’s Fort Knox is Iron Mountain. Its latest restored treasure: Bee Gees footage," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Oven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oven. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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