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

Examples of pantry in a Sentence

homemade jams and pickles are stored in a separate pantry off the kitchen
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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 15 Jun. 2024.

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

Middle English panetrie "pantry," derived from early French panetier "servant in charge of food storage," from pan "bread," from Latin panis "bread, food" — related to companion

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