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.

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For the pistachio dukkah: Preheat the oven to 350°F. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 The manicured, gated grounds also hold a tennis court, swimming pool, five-car garage and entertainer’s pavilion with a kitchen and pizza oven. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Matt Kemp slashes price of custom Poway mansion yet again," 23 Aug. 2019 Rib ready: Lacquered with a tangy, garlicky hoisin glaze that's spiked with fragrant Chinese five-spice, these ribs are impressive without being burdensome: There's no grilling or marinating—just two hours in the oven followed by a quick broil. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Buy the Right Kind of Pork Ribs," 21 Aug. 2019 Cat kibble crunched underfoot, and the oven was open, pushing blazing heat into the cramped space. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 The Albanians rushed inside and took refuge in a brick oven on the second floor. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 Back before air conditioning, in the oven of an Alabama summer, children played in the coolest part of the yard —in the shade of the metal shed or up under the porch decking where the dirt was damp. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Ode to the air conditioner," 14 Aug. 2019 Dizzy Cow Pizzeria has an enormous brick oven in the truck for firing pizzas. Courtney Mcgee, baltimoresun.com, "Ascension Lutheran in Towson serves up Wednesday night food trucks," 14 Aug. 2019 When ready to bread, preheat the oven to 400°. Set up a breading station: In a shallow bowl whisk together cooled panko and ranch seasoning, in another bowl add eggs, and in another bowl add flour. Laura Rege, Good Housekeeping, "Ranch Mozzarella Sticks," 4 June 2019

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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 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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