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[kwi-zeen] /kwɪˈzin/
a style or quality of cooking; cookery:
Italian cuisine; This restaurant has an excellent cuisine.
Archaic. the kitchen or culinary department of a house, hotel, etc.
1475-85; < French: literally, kitchen < Vulgar Latin *cocīna, for Latin coquīna; see kitchen Unabridged
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  • And non-guests may choose to sample some of the world cuisines on offer.
  • Reading fiction and exploring cuisines of different sorts.
  • Because cilantro is used in a variety of cuisines around the world to mask smells, as well as to add distinctive flavors.
  • Within any broad family of cuisines one must acknowledge both the unity and diversity.
  • And with such an eclectic mix of cuisines, you're sure to find something new.
  • Travel to different countries and compare cultures, cuisines, and coins.
  • Dining opportunities are plentiful with cuisines spanning the world.
  • The food court shall include a variety of cuisines as well as pre-packaged fares for the employees on the go.
  • The area also has accommodations to fit every budget, cuisines that run the gamut, and all of the amenities a visitor could want.
  • The program will include traditional cuisines, live music, and many other spectacular performances.
British Dictionary definitions for cuisines


a style or manner of cooking: French cuisine
the food prepared by a restaurant, household, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: kitchen, from Late Latin coquīna, from Latin coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for cuisines



1786, from French cuisine "style of cooking," originally "kitchen, cooking, cooked food" (12c.), from Late Latin cocina, earlier coquina "kitchen," from Latin coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for cuisines


the foods and methods of preparation traditional to a region or population. The major factors shaping a cuisine are climate, which in large measure determines the native raw materials that are available to the cook; economic conditions, which regulate trade in delicacies and imported foodstuffs; and religious or sumptuary laws, under which certain foods are required or proscribed.

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