from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A room or an area equipped for preparing and cooking food.
  • n. A style of cooking; cuisine: a restaurant with a fine French kitchen.
  • n. A staff that prepares, cooks, and serves food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A room or area for preparing food.
  • n. An admixture of languages spoken to convey meaning between non-native speakers.
  • n. The nape of a person's hairline, often referring to its uncombed or "nappy" look.
  • n. Cuisine.
  • n. The percussion section of an orchestra.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A room equipped for cooking food; the room of a house, restaurant, or other building appropriated to cookery.
  • n. A utensil for roasting meat.
  • n. The staff that works in a kitchen.
  • transitive v. To furnish food to; to entertain with the fare of the kitchen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entertain with the fare of the kitchen; furnish food to.
  • To serve as kitchen for; give a relish to; season; render palatable.
  • To use (food) as kitchen
  • n. A room in which food is cooked; an apartment of a house fitted with the necessary apparatus for cooking.
  • n. In Scotland and Ireland, anything eaten by way of relish with bread, potatoes, porridge, or whatever forms the substantial part of a meal.
  • n. A child's toy.
  • n. In metallurgy, the space between the fire and line-bridges of a reverberatory furnace in which the work is performed. Also called the laboratory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a room equipped for preparing meals


Middle English kichene, from Old English cycene, probably from Vulgar Latin *cocīna, from Late Latin coquīna, from feminine of Latin coquīnus, of cooking, from coquus, cook, from coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kitchen, kichene, kuchen, from Old English cycen, cycene ("kitchen"), from Proto-Germanic *kukinōn (“kitchen”), probably a borrowing of Vulgar Latin cucīna ("kitchen"), from coquō ("cook", v), from Proto-Indo-European *pekʷ- (“to cook, become ripe”). More at cook. (Wiktionary)



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  • Those Wiktionary definitions are interesting.

    July 29, 2015