[kyoo-luh-ner-ee, kuhl-uh-]


of, relating to, or used in cooking or the kitchen.

Nearby words

  1. culicide,
  2. culicifuge,
  3. culicine,
  4. culicoides,
  5. culinarian,
  6. culion,
  7. cull,
  8. cullen,
  9. cullen's sign,
  10. cullen, countee

Origin of culinary

1630–40; < Latin culīnārius of the kitchen, equivalent to culīn(a) kitchen, food + -ārius -ary

Related formscu·li·nar·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for culinary



of, relating to, or used in the kitchen or in cookery
Derived Formsculinarily, adverb

Word Origin for culinary

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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