pantry

noun
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 Sirhan has a new parole lawyer for this hearing, who does not raise any claims about Sirhan’s involvement in the shooting, in which five other people standing behind Kennedy in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel were wounded. Tom Jackman, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 There's really no recipe for building a big whole-grain salad, just some general rules, a willingness to experiment and a few good oils and vinegars in the pantry. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 Natural nut butters last about 3 months unopened in the pantry, then another 6 months in the refrigerator after opening. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Mar. 2021 In the pantry is a Sub-Zero multi-zone wine fridge. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2021 Sirhan has a new parole lawyer for this hearing, who does not raise any claims about Sirhan’s involvement in the shooting, in which five other people standing behind Kennedy in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel were wounded. Tom Jackman, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 Sirhan has a new parole lawyer for this hearing, who does not raise any claims about Sirhan’s involvement in the shooting, in which five other people standing behind Kennedy in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel were wounded. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Several first-time visitors to Greenfield’s Center for Self-Reliance seem uncomfortable asking for food, said Charles Cox, 52, a visitor at the food pantry for years. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Domesticity, for Beauvoir, would have been tantamount to having her mind pickled and stored in a pantry. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Pantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantry. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for pantry

pantry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pantry

: a small room in a house in which food is stored

pantry

noun
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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