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noun,plural pan·tries.
  1. a room or closet in which food, groceries, and other provisions, or silverware, dishes, etc., are kept.

  2. a room between the kitchen and dining room in which food is arranged for serving, glassware and dishes are stored, etc.

  1. Also called food pantry. a shelter or other place where food is dispensed to people experiencing food insecurity, either as groceries or as meals.

Origin of pantry

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English panetrie, from Anglo-French; Old French paneterie “bread room,” equivalent to panet(er) “to bake bread” (derivative of pan “bread,” from Latin pānis ) + -erie noun suffix; see -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for pantry


/ (ˈpæntrɪ) /

nounplural -tries
  1. a small room or cupboard in which provisions, cooking utensils, etc, are kept; larder

Origin of pantry

C13: via Anglo-Norman, from Old French paneterie store for bread, ultimately from Latin pānis bread

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