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  1. a style or quality of cooking; cookery: Italian cuisine; This restaurant has an excellent cuisine.
  2. Archaic. the kitchen or culinary department of a house, hotel, etc.
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Origin of cuisine

1475–85; < French: literally, kitchen < Vulgar Latin *cocīna, for Latin coquīna; see kitchen
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Related Words

fare, menu, cooking, meal, grub, eats, dishes

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Historical Examples

  • He is said also to be very skillful in the cuisine peculiar to the island.

  • "An over-rich, greasy sort of cuisine is the Provenale," remarked Ogden.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • The cuisine is excellent, both French and German, and the wines delicious.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • He was faint, and did justice to the cuisine of his host, which was indeed remarkable.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • In the Italian cuisine we find in the highest degree these three qualities.

British Dictionary definitions for cuisine


  1. a style or manner of cookingFrench cuisine
  2. the food prepared by a restaurant, household, etc
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Word Origin

C18: from French, literally: kitchen, from Late Latin coquīna, from Latin coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for cuisine


1786, from French cuisine "style of cooking," originally "kitchen, cooking, cooked food" (12c.), from Late Latin cocina, earlier coquina "kitchen," from Latin coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

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