[ 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.


Origin of kiln

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

Related forms

un·kilned, adjective

Can be confused

kill 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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