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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Beyond the pantry, a door leads to the site’s processing center, equipped with about 10 cells., "Dirty, hungry, scared, and sick: inside Clint’s razor wire," 6 July 2019 Kitchen remodel three years ago included top of the line appliances, hardwood/soft-close glass-door cabinets and drawers, large pantry with pull out shelves, designer tile backsplash and quartz counters. Pomerado News, "Home of the Week - 12550 Oaks North Dr., San Diego, CA 92128," 2 July 2019 These sticky-sweet peanut crackers are a last-resort snack for kids, often left for dead at the back of the pantry. Dami Lee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yakult, ramen or Asian pears: What does your H Mart purchase say about you?," 1 July 2019 Your local food bank may even offer mobile pantries—trucks that deliver free boxes of groceries to those in need, or be able to connect you to charity markets and free cafes serving meals in the area. Hannah Doolin, Redbook, "5 Easy Ways to Find Free Summer Meals for Kids," 25 June 2019 The butler’s pantry for example has dark wood cabinets like the kitchen. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.1M Birmingham home is a 'secluded haven' on unusual lot," 22 June 2019 The largest requests included $350,000 for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, $325,000 for the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking and $250,000 for West Valley Community Services to expand food pantry services. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "New Santa Clara County budget pays for big-ticket projects and almost 1,800 new jobs," 14 June 2019 McBride set up a walk-in pantry with big Rubbermaid bins. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How to recycle like a pro in Anchorage," 7 June 2019 Break out these pantry items for a few different ways to send pests packing. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies for Good," 9 May 2019

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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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