Get the details behind our redesign


[kich-uh n] /ˈkɪtʃ ən/
a room or place equipped for cooking.
culinary department; cuisine:
This restaurant has a fine Italian kitchen.
the staff or equipment of a kitchen.
of, pertaining to, or designed for use in a kitchen:
kitchen window; kitchen curtains.
employed in or assigned to a kitchen:
kitchen help.
of or resembling a pidginized language, especially one used for communication between employers and servants or other employees who do not speak the same language.
before 1000; Middle English kichene, Old English cyceneLatin coquīna, equivalent to coqu(ere) to cook + -īna -ine1; cf. cuisine
Related forms
kitchenless, adjective
kitcheny, adjective
outkitchen, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for kitchen
  • As he pretends to prepare food, his movements are transmitted to a robot chef in a real kitchen elsewhere in the building.
  • Many parents shoo children out of the kitchen when it's time to start cooking.
  • Any cook knows that baking or cooking with fruit often results in large amounts of kitchen scraps.
  • When they go to the kitchen to see if there is food, they are surprised to find that there is some and it hasn't expired.
  • If you have any extra food items or canned goods, take them to a soup kitchen.
  • The ruler sits in the only room with lights on, a cramped study off the kitchen.
  • If not in bed, my next writing-place of choice is the kitchen, with its smells of cooking.
  • The bedrooms were on the bottom floors, and the kitchen and living room on top.
  • Two old but charming one-bedrooms were available, each with high ceilings, big windows and an eat-in kitchen.
  • It was a collection that overflowed in every impossible direction, piling up even in the bathroom and the kitchen.
British Dictionary definitions for kitchen


  1. a room or part of a building equipped for preparing and cooking food
  2. (as modifier) a kitchen table
Word Origin
Old English cycene, ultimately from Late Latin coquīna, from Latin coquere to cook; see kiln
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for kitchen
O.E. cycene, from W.Gmc. *kocina (cf. M.Du. cökene, O.H.G. chuhhina, Ger. Küche, Dan. kjøkken), probably borrowed from V.L. *cocina (cf. Fr. cuisine, Sp. cocina), variant of L. coquina "kitchen," from fem. of coquinus "of cooks," from coquus "cook," from coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Kitchen cabinet "informal but powerful set of advisors" is Amer.Eng. slang, 1832, originally in ref. to administration of President Andrew Jackson. Kitchen midden (1863) in archaeology translates Dan. kjøkken mødding. The New York City neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen is first attested 1894. Kitchenette is from 1910, Amer.Eng. Phrase everything but the kitchen sink is from World War II armed forces slang, in ref. to intense bombardment.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for kitchen


  1. The cab of a locomotive (1940s+ Railroad)
  2. The stomach
  3. The space over home plate where a batter finds it easiest to hit a fair ball; a batter's preferred point of delivery; wheelhouse: He'd throw it in my kitchen, so I moved up a step toward the plate (1970+ Baseball)
Related Terms

if you can't stand the heat* stay out of the kitchen

[baseball sense perhaps ultimately fr kitchen, ''stomach,'' found by 1594]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with kitchen
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for kitchen

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kitchen

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with kitchen