- a house or shelter for a dog or a cat.
- Often kennels. an establishment where dogs or cats are bred, raised, trained, or boarded.
- the hole or lair of an animal, especially a fox.
- a wretched abode likened to a doghouse.
- a pack of dogs.
- to put into or keep in a kennel: to kennel a dog for a week.
- to take shelter or lodge in a kennel.
Origin of kennel1
- an open drain or sewer; gutter.
Origin of kennel2
Examples from the Web for kennel
The American Kennel Club maintains it is not a Berman customer.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
Brus, 7½, did not react well to other animals and had behavioral problems which meant he could not be sent to a kennel.How William's Guard Dogs Were Killed Days After He Left His RAF Job
September 18, 2013
The stars are in a roped-off area about the size of a dog run at a kennel.New Moon Rises Over Hollywood
November 17, 2009
Oscar was a colley (sheep dog) which slept in a kennel in the cornyard.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
When they've done with you at Government House, they may find a kennel for you there until morning.Captain Blood
He placed me in this kennel, vanished, and left me to my fate.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
His word was law in the stables, the kennel, the plantations, and the boat-quay.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
He was huddled in the back of his kennel, with his nose jammed down into the corner.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
- a hutlike shelter for a dogUS name: doghouse
- (usually plural) an establishment where dogs are bred, trained, boarded, etc
- the lair of a fox or other animal
- a ramshackle house; hovel
- a pack of hounds
- to put or go into a kennel; keep or stay in a kennel
- archaic an open sewer or street gutter
Word Origin and History for kennel
c.1300, from Anglo-French *kenil, Old French chenil, from Vulgar Latin *canile, from Latin canem (nominative canis) "dog" (see canine (n.)), "with suffix as in ovile sheepfold" [OED]. As a verb, 1550s, from the noun.