pan·try | \ˈpan-trē \
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, 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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Wochit Despite a booming economy, food banks in Michigan — and across the nation — are seeking additional donations this summer to keep their pantries full. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit food banks hungry for donations as the economy booms," 3 July 2018 Celena's probation officer helped her get a job at Women's Bean Project, a program in Denver that produces pantry dry-goods staples with a workforce made up of women who are ex-convicts, recovering addicts, or domestic-violence survivors. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "These 3 Companies Help At-Risk Women and Are Changing the World," 2 July 2018 Fleischaker recommends using bins for other pantry staples that need to be corralled, like hot sauce. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Organize Your Spice Rack Like a Pro," 2 July 2018 This has the laundry room, butler’s pantry, half bath and a great deal of walk-in storage, including for silver and linens. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Philanthropists' Mid-century ranch in Franklin was made for art," 16 June 2018 In addition to an oversized butler’s pantry, private library, and dining room, guests also enjoy a full entertainment center and baby grand piano (played by Billy Joel and Sir Paul McCartney) in the stunning grand salon. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Windsor Court," 7 June 2018 These organizations include senior centers and food pantries, as well as schools where youths who qualify are fed. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber's Expo gives businesses a chance to build relationships," 11 May 2018 The food pantry has been serving the town for over 40 years., "Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger," 13 July 2018 Soderquist was charged with using money from his campaign fund and the city’s food pantry with his wife, Deborah Soderquist, on dozens of gambling trips to Michigan. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 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 \
plural pantries

Kids Definition of pantry

: a small room where mainly food is kept

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