oven

[uhv-uh n]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ovary,
  2. ovate,
  3. ovately,
  4. ovation,
  5. ovel,
  6. oven-ready,
  7. ovenable,
  8. ovenbird,
  9. ovenproof,
  10. ovenware

Origin of oven

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

Related formsov·en·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for oven

oven

noun

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

verb

(tr) to cook in an oven
Derived Formsoven-like, adjective

Word Origin for oven

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

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Word Origin and History for oven

oven

n.

Old English ofen "furnace, oven," from Proto-Germanic *ukhnaz (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch oven, Old High German ovan, German Ofen, Old Norse ofn, Old Swedish oghn, Gothic auhns), from PIE *aukw- "cooking pot" (cf. Sanskrit ukhah "pot, cooking pot," Latin aulla "pot," Greek ipnos), originally, perhaps, "something hollowed out." The oven-bird (1825) so called because of the shape of its nest. In slang, of a woman, to have (something) in the oven "to be pregnant" is attested from 1962.

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