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[kyoo-luh-ner-ee, kuhl-uh-] /ˈkyu ləˌnɛr i, ˈkʌl ə-/
of, relating to, or used in cooking or the kitchen.
Origin of culinary
1630-40; < Latin culīnārius of the kitchen, equivalent to culīn(a) kitchen, food + -ārius -ary
Related forms
culinarily, adverb Unabridged
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  • An excellent German culinary apple, of first-rate quality; it is in use from October till November.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • It appears to have been the third triumph in the culinary line.

  • This is a hardy perennial plant of Southern Europe, and belongs to both the culinary and the medicinal departments.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • Her story-telling evidently did not interfere with her culinary skill, and I said so.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • culinary art and gastronomic heritage were made part of the French national identity.

British Dictionary definitions for culinary


of, relating to, or used in the kitchen or in cookery
Derived Forms
culinarily, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin culīna kitchen
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Word Origin and History for culinary

1630s, "of the kitchen," from Latin culinarius "pertaining to the kitchen," from culina "kitchen, food" (see kiln). Meaning "of cookery" is from 1650s.

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