pan·​try ˈpan-trē How to pronounce pantry (audio)
plural pantries
: a room or closet used for storage (as of provisions) or from which food is brought to the table
: a room (as in a hotel or hospital) for preparation of foods on order

Example Sentences

homemade jams and pickles are stored in a separate pantry off the kitchen
Recent Examples on the Web The condo’s first level has a primary bedroom suite, a living room, a dining room, a wood-burning fireplace and a kitchen with a pantry, an oversized island and stainless steel appliances. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 The couple scoured Round Top Antiques Fair, bringing home treasures like the dining room table and chairs as well as pieces that—with the help of the Gaineses’ woodworker—would become the kitchen and butler’s pantry islands. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 21 Nov. 2022 What else? Cafe Louie has an adjacent, teeny retail store called Little Red Box Grocery, which sells produce, meat and pantry staples. Emma Balter, Chron, 18 Nov. 2022 Put up wallpaper to jazz up a bland corner, or do a pantry clean-out. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 To the left is a hall that goes by a home office or study room that was formerly a butler’s pantry. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 18 Nov. 2022 From left: Kim Mai, who is the pantry's vice chair, Karen Boyce, the chair; Eleanor Igoe, and Stacey Sawyer-Mackie. John Laidler,, 17 Nov. 2022 By the following April, higher food prices were hampering the pantry’s ability to feed the community on a regular basis. Steven Moity, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 The fact that pantry foods are free is also a benefit for low-income people. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pantry was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



pan·​try ˈpan-trē How to pronounce pantry (audio)
plural pantries
: a small room in which food and dishes are kept

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