[ kich-uh n ]
/ ˈkɪtʃ ən /


a room or place equipped for cooking.
culinary department; cuisine: This restaurant has a fine Italian kitchen.
the staff or equipment of a kitchen.


of, relating to, or designed for use in a kitchen: kitchen window; kitchen curtains.
employed in or assigned to a kitchen: kitchen help.
of or resembling a pidginized language, especially one used for communication between employers and servants or other employees who do not speak the same language.

Origin of kitchen

before 1000; Middle English kichene, Old English cyceneLatin coquīna, equivalent to coqu(ere) to cook + -īna -ine1; cf. cuisine


kitch·en·less, adjectivekitch·en·y, adjectiveout·kitch·en, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kitchen

/ (ˈkɪtʃɪn) /


  1. a room or part of a building equipped for preparing and cooking food
  2. (as modifier)a kitchen table

Word Origin for kitchen

Old English cycene, ultimately from Late Latin coquīna, from Latin coquere to cook; see kiln
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Idioms and Phrases with kitchen


see everything but the kitchen sink; if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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