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culinary Syllabification: cu·li·nar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈkələˌnerē/

Definition of culinary in English:


Of or for cooking: culinary skills savor the culinary delights of the region
More example sentences
  • It's a shame, because you do not know the culinary delights you are denying yourself.
  • A tour of the college takes about an hour and is well worth the diversion from the culinary and shopping delights.
  • They are giving leading restaurant reviewers the chance to demonstrate their culinary skills.


Example sentences
  • The region is immense and, culinarily speaking, includes everything from absolutely subtle dishes to those so vibrantly spiced they make your mouth tingle.
  • She had the chutzpah to take homely Texas-Southern favorites and bring them out of the closet, culinarily speaking.
  • Judging by the tales I have read around and about recently, I surmise that some of my readers are rather culinarily challenged.


Mid 17th century: from Latin culinarius, from culina 'kitchen'.

  • kiln from Old English:

    The words kiln and culinary (mid 17th century) come from the Latin word culina ‘kitchen, cooking stove’.

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