[ kil, kiln ]
/ kɪl, kɪln /


a furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying something, especially one for firing pottery, calcining limestone, or baking bricks.

verb (used with object)

to burn, bake, or treat in a kiln.


Nearby words

  1. killy,
  2. killy, jean-claude,
  3. kilmarnock,
  4. kilmer,
  5. kilmer, joyce,
  6. kiln run brick,
  7. kiln-dried,
  8. kiln-dry,
  9. kilner jar,
  10. kilo

Origin of kiln

before 900; Middle English kiln(e), Old English cylen < Latin culīna kitchen

Related formsun·kilned, adjective

Can be confusedkill kiln Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kiln


/ (kɪln) /


a large oven for burning, drying, or processing something, such as porcelain or bricks


(tr) to fire or process in a kiln

Word Origin for kiln

Old English cylen, from Late Latin culīna kitchen, from Latin coquere to cook

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Word Origin and History for kiln



Old English cyln, cylen "kiln, oven," from Latin culina "kitchen, cooking stove," unexplained variant of coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Old Norse kylna, Welsh cilin probably are from English.

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