[ uhv-uh n ]
/ ˈʌv ən /


a chamber or compartment, as in a stove, for baking, roasting, heating, drying, etc.

Origin of oven

before 900; Middle English; Old English ofen; cognate with German Ofen, Old Norse ofn

Related forms

ov·en·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oven


/ (ˈʌvən) /


an enclosed heated compartment or receptacle for baking or roasting food
a similar device, usually lined with a refractory material, used for drying substances, firing ceramics, heat-treating, etc


(tr) to cook in an oven

Derived Forms

oven-like, adjective

Word Origin for oven

Old English ofen; related to Old High German ofan, Old Norse ofn
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