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[kyoo-luh-ner-ee, kuhl-uh-] /ˈkyu ləˌnɛr i, ˈkʌl ə-/
of, relating to, or used in cooking or the kitchen.
Origin of culinary
1630-40; < Latin culīnārius of the kitchen, equivalent to culīn(a) kitchen, food + -ārius -ary
Related forms
culinarily, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for culinary
  • Few see any culinary action more sophisticated than reheating leftovers or popping popcorn.
  • When it's all laid out, the vista of culinary possibilities looks endless.
  • Edible clay by no means exhausted the region's culinary creativity.
  • culinary historians know nothing about who first put leaf to water.
  • The city's speedy evolution is also evident on the culinary scene.
  • The culinary use of oyster mushrooms was one reason why she picked them for the experiment.
  • Molecular gastronomy aims to apply the piercing clarity of science to the culinary arts.
  • The jet's kitchen serves full dinners prepared by military stewards, but they are unlikely to win culinary or nutrition awards.
  • But taking away some control from diners allows a chef to craft an entire culinary experience.
  • In the years since, deep regret has set in and the longing for a culinary connection with her has only intensified.
British Dictionary definitions for culinary


of, relating to, or used in the kitchen or in cookery
Derived Forms
culinarily, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin culīna kitchen
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Word Origin and History for culinary

1630s, "of the kitchen," from Latin culinarius "pertaining to the kitchen," from culina "kitchen, food" (see kiln). Meaning "of cookery" is from 1650s.

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