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pantry Line breaks: pan¦try
Pronunciation: /ˈpantri/

Definition of pantry in English:

noun (plural pantries)

A small room or cupboard in which food, crockery, and cutlery are kept.
Example sentences
  • Beyond the kitchen is a spacious storeroom with fitted presses which could serve as a pantry or laundry room.
  • Meanwhile, a pantry, cloakroom, playroom, office and drying room are all found on the lower ground floor.
  • To the left of the kitchen is a pantry and utility room, from which there is access to a large storeroom.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French panterie, from paneter 'baker', based on late Latin panarius 'bread seller', from Latin panis 'bread'.

  • companion from Middle English:

    A companion is literally ‘a person who you eat bread with’. The word comes from Old French compaignon, from Latin com- ‘together with’ and panis ‘bread’. Other English words that derive from panis include pannier (Middle English), pastille (mid 17th century) a ‘little loaf’ of something, and pantry (Middle English). Company (Middle English) and accompany (Late Middle English) come from the same root.

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