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[kyoo-luh-ner-ee, kuhl-uh-]
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  1. of, relating to, or used in cooking or the kitchen.
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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
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Related Words for culinary

succulent, good, edible, fit, safe, kosher, delicious, savory, comestible, dietary, appetizing, digestible, harmless, nutritious, palatable, piquant, satisfying, scrumptious, tasty, tempting

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  1. of, relating to, or used in the kitchen or in cookery
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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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