[kil, kiln]


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

Related Words for kiln

stove, furnace, fire, hearth, glaze, oast, bake

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British Dictionary definitions for kiln



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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