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[pan-tree] /ˈpæn tri/
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.
Origin of pantry
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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Examples from the web for pantry
  • 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.
  • And so many things in the pantry have grown stale, stuffing up the space way past their sell-by dates.
  • They each had an empty coffee can with cleaned eggshells in the pantry next to the can of coffee.
  • We refreshed ourselves with a tin of mock-turtle soup and wine from the neighbouring pantry.
  • All that time we've had a quart of whiskey in the pantry for company and he hasn't even gone near it.
  • He intended to move out of the pantry and back upstairs.
  • They did not dwell long over the contents of the pantry.
British Dictionary definitions for pantry


noun (pl) -tries
a small room or cupboard in which provisions, cooking utensils, etc, are kept; larder
Word Origin
C13: via Anglo-Norman, from Old French paneterie store for bread, ultimately from Latin pānis bread
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Word Origin and History for pantry

early 14c., from Anglo-French panetrie (Old French paneterie) "bread room," from Medieval Latin panataria "office or room of a servant who has charge of food" (literally "bread"), from Latin panis "bread" (see food). Sense in English has evolved so far that its roots in "bread" are no longer felt.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pantry



The stomach; breadbasket: another real fine left to the pantry (1950+ Prizefight)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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