[ kich-uhn ]
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  1. a room or place equipped for cooking.

  2. culinary department; cuisine: This restaurant has a fine Italian kitchen.

  1. the staff or equipment of a kitchen.

  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.

  1. 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 cycene ≪ Latin coquīna, equivalent to coqu(ere) to cook + -īna-ine1; cf. cuisine

Other words from kitchen

  • kitch·en·less, adjective
  • kitch·en·y, adjective
  • outkitchen, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kitchen in a sentence

  • Meanwhile, the judicious establishment of free soup kitchens in the streets alleviated the necessities of the mob.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • And there was a wall round about compassing the four little courts, and there were kitchens built under the rows round about.

  • She doesn't hold with Lords poking their noses into people's kitchens, anyway.

  • They had a merry night cooking (p. 150) bacon and eggs, frying pork, making hot cakes in the kitchens.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Two kitchens make it possible for two families to occupy the house at the same time.

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts

British Dictionary definitions for kitchen


/ (ˈkɪtʃɪn) /

    • a room or part of a building equipped for preparing and cooking food

    • (as modifier): a kitchen table

Origin of kitchen

Old English cycene, ultimately from Late Latin coquīna, from Latin coquere to cook; see kiln

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other 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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