noun, plural pantries.
a room or closet in which food, groceries, and other provisions, or silverware, dishes, etc., are kept.
a room between the kitchen and dining room in which food is arranged for serving, glassware and dishes are stored, etc.
a shelter or other place where food is dispensed to the needy, either as groceries or as meals.

1250–1300; Middle English panetrie < Anglo-French; Old French paneterie bread room, equivalent to panet(er) to bake bread (derivative of pan bread < Latin pānis) + -erie -ery Unabridged
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pantry (ˈpæntrɪ)
n , pl -tries
a small room or cupboard in which provisions, cooking utensils, etc, are kept; larder
[C13: via Anglo-Norman, from Old French paneterie store for bread, ultimately from Latin pānis bread]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. panetrie (O.Fr. paneterie) "bread room," from M.L. panataria "office or room of a servant who has charge of food" (lit. "bread"), from L. panis "bread" (see food). Sense in Eng. has evolved so far that its roots in "bread" are no longer felt.
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Example sentences
Astronauts can request specific foods as part of a personal pantry that is sent
  up to the station.
They are probably getting the rest at a food pantry.
They are selling their food stamps and coming to our food pantry.
Let's start with the basics of stocking your pantry.
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