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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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  • Unfortunately, there were two doors close together, one leading to the pantry, the other to the cellar.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • He paused for a moment, and then, before she had time to go to the pantry, he went on.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I turned back, explored the passage, and finally dragged Louis out from a dark corner of the pantry.

    Gordon Craig Randall Parrish
  • So each thrust his sword back into the scabbard and entered the pantry.

  • The pantry door stood ajar, and I could see some nice things to eat in there also.

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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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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