Word Origin & History
1456, "heated room, bath-room," from M.L.G. or M.Du. stove, both meaning "heated room," which was the original sense in Eng.; a general W.Gmc. word (cf. O.E. stofa "bath-room," Ger. Stube "sitting room") of uncertain relationship to similar words in Romance languages (cf. It. stufa, Fr. étuve
"sweating-room;" see stew
(v.)). One theory traces them all to V.L. *extufare "take a steam bath." The meaning "device for heating or cooking" is first recorded 1618. Stove pipe is recorded from 1699; as a type of tall cylindrical hat for men, from 1851.