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[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, relating 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.
Origin of kitchen
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
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Examples from the web 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
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Word Origin and History for kitchen

c.1200, from Old English cycene, from West Germanic *kokina (cf. Middle Dutch cökene, Old High German chuhhina, German Küche, Danish kjøkken), probably borrowed from Vulgar Latin *cocina (cf. French cuisine, Spanish cocina), variant of Latin coquina "kitchen," from fem. of coquinus "of cooks," from coquus "cook," from coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

The Old English word might be directly from Vulgar Latin. Kitchen cabinet "informal but powerful set of advisors" is American English slang, 1832, originally in reference to administration of President Andrew Jackson. Kitchen midden (1863) in archaeology translates Danish kjøkken mødding. Surname Kitchener ("one in charge of a monastic kitchen") is from early 14c. Old English also had cycenðenung "service in the kitchen."

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Slang definitions & phrases for kitchen


  1. The buttocks; rump; ass: I've had it up to my keister with these leaks/What a sensation; we'll knock them on their keister (1931+)
  2. A rear trousers pocket (1930s+ Pickpockets)
  3. A suitcase that opens into a display of goods: the typical ''keister'' of the street hawker (1930s+ Hawkers)
  4. A safe; strongbox; crib (1914+ Underworld)

[fr British dialect kist or German Kiste, ''chest, box,'' transferred to the buttocks perhaps by the pickpocket sense or by the notion that something may be concealed in the rectum]

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Idioms and Phrases with kitchen
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