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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The other bathroom became a pantry, and the kitchen was built out in the open living and dining space. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "“Every morning, I wake up and notice something new about it”," 3 Dec. 2018 Donated canned goods are brought to the Palos United Methodist Church food pantry, which served 3,299 households last year. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Farmers markets, produce trucks bring oases to Southland's food deserts," 4 May 2018 With 12-foot-thick walls and mazelike layouts that often included communal living areas and underground pantries, the churches served as refuges during frequent sieges. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018 Merrill carved out a pantry and mudroom and added custom white oak cabinetry to give it a modern, comforting vibe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Architect Geoff Chick has never installed a rolling ladder in a library, but he’s introduced them just about everywhere else: in kitchens, closets, pantries and wine cellars. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, WSJ, "Need More Kitchen Storage? Roll In a Library Ladder," 21 Feb. 2019 Ziolkowski said funds from St. Germaine’s springtime event are used for the parish food pantry and to supply chrome book technology to all students in first to eighth grades. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Neighboring parochial schools team up for Tour de Oak Lawn race series," 15 June 2018 He was released early, in 2016, and began rebuilding his life, volunteering at a food pantry and even falling in love. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Pardon System Needs Fixing, Advocates Say, but They Cringe at Trump’s Approach," 1 June 2018 Scroll down for a closer look at Moore's new pantry. Madison Flager, House Beautiful, "Mandy Moore’s Home Renovation Is Finally Done," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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