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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Fall and spring drives for clothing, outerwear, shoes, toiletries and nonperishable food pantry items were so successful that the group was able to share support not only with Loch Raven High School, but with 20 schools around Baltimore County. Courtney Mcgee,, "New name, new funding for group helping needy students," 20 June 2018 The club steward reportedly locked the food in the pantry and refused to serve them. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016 Photo: Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal My pantry is always stocked with: Olio Quattrociocchi Olivastro, an organic olive oil produced near Genoa, Italy. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "How To Be a Happy and Relaxed Host," 10 Jan. 2019 The biggest culprit lurking in our pantries: bread. Karen Ansel, Woman's Day, "This Is What Your Daily Sodium Intake Should Really Be," 14 Dec. 2018 Stock Camping-Specific Materials Keep tiny versions of salt, pepper, and olive oil in your pantry. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Dos and Don'ts of Campfire Cooking," 9 Nov. 2018 Former participants said the Warrens also used clients’ food stamps to stock their own pantry while clients were left with little to eat. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "North Carolina rehab under investigation for food stamp fraud," 13 July 2018 Rosen recommends dipping one of your salad components in the dressing to see if the combination works. - Raid your pantry or refrigerator for inspiration. Becky Krystal,, "How to leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette," 29 June 2018 No other coffee brand has a chance of finding its way into my pantry. Adam Snitzer, miamiherald, "Marketers: Beware the perils of in-store promotions," 3 June 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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