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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Examples of pantry in a Sentence

homemade jams and pickles are stored in a separate pantry off the kitchen
Recent Examples on the Web Mudroom Viewed through the pantry, a series of works by Julie Kahn Valentine got a refresh with simple white frames. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Jean Liu Creates a Dream Home for a Couple That Loves Entertaining and the Outdoors," 18 Sep. 2020 Frozen meat, fruit and vegetables, and canned and dry goods are needed for the food pantry. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair COVID Resource Guide: Financial and health resources for people in need," 17 Sep. 2020 The pantry will offer free, fresh produce for drive-thru pick up at the branch for families and individuals in need. cleveland, "Shaker church plans forums on police accountability, healthcare funding; Holocaust remembrance event is Sept. 27: Press Run," 11 Sep. 2020 All funds from the event will support Freshplace, Chrysalis Center’s innovative client-choice/fresh food/case management food pantry which serves individuals and families living in the poorest neighborhoods of Hartford., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 Jayson said the company is considering a Mission Arlington work day where employees go and volunteer at the food pantry. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "This Arlington food pantry just received a very special donation: a pickup truck," 9 Sep. 2020 Coquine Chef Katy Millard of Portland suggests changing up pasta sauce by mixing different aromatics, vegetables and other ingredients found in the pantry. oregonlive, "Do these 3 things now to be ready for the next emergency: September is Preparedness Month," 31 Aug. 2020 Built for passenger service across the lake, the Phoenix’s comfortable quarters included separate spaces for men and women, a saloon, a barber shop, and a pantry where the fateful candle was left unattended, according to the museum. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lost Pieces of 19th-Century Steamboat Wreck Found in Vermont," 11 Sep. 2020 This year, Keep Irving Beautiful encourages volunteers to make a financial donation to Crisis Ministries or a food pantry of their choice. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "With Irving’s Trash Bash, volunteers help keep their city beautiful — here’s how you can take part," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Sep 2020

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“Pantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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