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


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

Examples from the Web for culinary

Contemporary Examples of culinary

  • In the culinary world, the birth of a world-renowned restaurant can often be followed by relatively short lifespan.

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    Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants

    Justin Jones

    December 20, 2014

  • An esteemed historian of Southern culinary culture, Ferris had all the utensils to do some serious carving on Paula Deen.

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    The Tragic History of Southern Food

    Jason Berry

    November 12, 2014

  • This presented a challenge that was as much an engineering one as it was a culinary one.

  • It was one of the fast-food treats on the menu at an international conference for the Culinary Institute of America.

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    Food for Thought

    September 18, 2014

  • And then there are the five-times-a-week regulars for whom The Cottage is a culinary touchstone.

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    Finding Food Heaven on the Cali Coast

    Jane & Michael Stern

    August 17, 2014

Historical Examples of culinary

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper