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kitchen

[kich-uh n]
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noun
  1. a room or place equipped for cooking.
  2. culinary department; cuisine: This restaurant has a fine Italian kitchen.
  3. the staff or equipment of a kitchen.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designed for use in a kitchen: kitchen window; kitchen curtains.
  2. employed in or assigned to a kitchen: kitchen help.
  3. 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.
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Origin of kitchen

before 1000; Middle English kichene, Old English cyceneLatin coquīna, equivalent to coqu(ere) to cook + -īna -ine1; cf. cuisine
Related formskitch·en·less, adjectivekitch·en·y, adjectiveout·kitch·en, noun
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Examples from the Web for kitchen

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  • Robert hurried home, and rushed into the kitchen where his mother was at work.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Your eggs are carried from the kitchen to the dining-room table on a plate.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Harriett had to see him every time she came into the kitchen.

  • If they entered a house, he sat in the parlor; if they peeped into the kitchen, he was there.

    Little Daffydowndilly

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She recovered herself instantly, and ran back to the kitchen.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for kitchen

kitchen

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

Old English cycene, ultimately from Late Latin coquīna, from Latin coquere to cook; see kiln
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Word Origin and History for kitchen

n.

c.1200, from Old English cycene, from West Germanic *kokina (cf. Middle Dutch cökene, Old High German chuhhina, German Küche, Danish kjøkken), probably borrowed from Vulgar Latin *cocina (cf. French cuisine, Spanish cocina), variant of Latin coquina "kitchen," from fem. of coquinus "of cooks," from coquus "cook," from coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

The Old English word might be directly from Vulgar Latin. Kitchen cabinet "informal but powerful set of advisors" is American English slang, 1832, originally in reference to administration of President Andrew Jackson. Kitchen midden (1863) in archaeology translates Danish kjøkken mødding. Surname Kitchener ("one in charge of a monastic kitchen") is from early 14c. Old English also had cycenðenung "service in the kitchen."

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Idioms and Phrases with kitchen

kitchen

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

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