pan·​try | \ ˈpan-trē How to pronounce pantry (audio) \
plural pantries

Definition of pantry

1 : a room or closet used for storage (as of provisions) or from which food is brought to the table
2 : a room (as in a hotel or hospital) for preparation of foods on order

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Synonyms for pantry


closet, cuddy, cupboard, press

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Examples of pantry in a Sentence

homemade jams and pickles are stored in a separate pantry off the kitchen

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Over the past few years, the rise of holistic beauty is merging our pantries and bathroom cabinets as masks and creams are incorporating ingredients like matcha and manuka honey. Bon Appétit, "Should You Be Drinking Your Face Mask? Well, I Did.," 9 Aug. 2019 Another restaurant was temporarily closed after inspectors found roach activity in the kitchen area, while inspectors counted more than 10 live roaches crawling in cookline area and dry pantry at a third restaurant. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Excessive facial hair and roaches highlights Houston restaurant violations for July 29-August 4," 7 Aug. 2019 Almond Gazpacho with Cherries and Flowers 15 minutes 6 servings (makes 4 cups) This cold soup, popular in Spain’s Malaga province, uses no tomatoes or other vegetables, making it especially pantry-friendly. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This elegant, pantry-friendly white gazpacho deserves to be as famous as its red cousin," 31 July 2019 Next to the kitchen a handsome original butler’s pantry has glass-front upper cabinets and a German nickel sink for silverware. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "1925 Royal Oak Tudor with servants quarters has been restored to perfection," 27 July 2019 The two-story office has ample shelving, and the dining room includes a butler’s pantry., "Custom-built estate in Downers Grove: $1.7M," 26 July 2019 The home was built in 2018 and features sliding glass walls, a chef's kitchen with a walk-in pantry and an outdoor observation deck that offers mountain and city views. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Paradise Valley mansion with smart technology, five-car garage sells for $3.3M," 22 July 2019 Their pantries seem strictly on-theme, with the most non-Italian items being the inclusion of local, seasonal produce. Soleil Ho,, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019 Throughout the state, sheriffs concocted schemes to feed their prisoners as little as possible and found creative ways to stock their jail pantries with other folks’ rancid leftovers., "How many Alabama sheriffs are crooked? DOJ needs to give us an answer," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of pantry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pantry

Middle English panetrie, from Anglo-French paneterie, from paneter servant in charge of the pantry, from pain bread, from Latin panis — more at food

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English Language Learners Definition of pantry

: a small room in a house in which food is stored


pan·​try | \ ˈpan-trē How to pronounce pantry (audio) \
plural pantries

Kids Definition of pantry

: a small room where mainly food is kept

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