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 Rewarm the potatoes and lentils in the microwave or the oven before dressing and assembling. Washington Post, "Egyptian potato salad gets a modern twist from black lentils, buttery fingerlings and garlicky labneh," 9 May 2021 How to Reheat Leftover Fries in the Oven Start with a hot oven, about 400°F or 425°F. Katie Strasberg Rousso, Southern Living, "For the Love of Leftovers, Stop Microwaving Your French Fries," 8 May 2021 Once in place, the dials then undergo a drying process in an oven or kiln. Roberta Naas, Forbes, "World’s First: Bovet Unveils Watch Dial Made Of Pure Sugar Crystals," 7 May 2021 Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Eid Al-Fitr: The sweet holiday of festive foods," 7 May 2021 Over the years, bakers have used various techniques to bake bread without a steam oven. New York Times, "No-Knead Bread, Revisited," 3 May 2021 The cheffy approach is to give thick steaks a quick, hard sear in a hot pan on the stovetop, then transferring them the oven to finish. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The best way to cook thick steaks is the reverse sear method. Here's how to do it," 3 May 2021 Care to preheat the oven on the car ride home from the supermarket? Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, "Best Smart Home Devices of 2021," 3 May 2021 Grape-seed or other neutral oil, for cooking Powdered sugar, to serve Heat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the middle position. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Sweet brunch treats for Mother’s Day," 30 Apr. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Oven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oven. Accessed 15 May. 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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