Definition of kitchen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkiCH(ə)n/


1A room or area where food is prepared and cooked.
Example sentences
  • It was now early evening, and Vera was in the kitchen, preparing the food that she had sent Bill out for.
  • There is also a large patio area that borders the kitchen and dining room.
  • We've become sedentary, convenience foods fill our kitchens, and stress is a common denominator.
1.1A set of fixtures, cabinets, and appliances that are sold together and installed in a room where food is prepared: a complete kitchen at a bargain price
More example sentences
  • Unlike other actors, who sell fitted kitchens or serve pizzas between gigs, Duffy goes to the gym and tries to keep hold of his sanity.
  • MFI is the market leader, and not only does the company sell fitted kitchens it also makes them too.
  • Fitted kitchens are, apparently, out in favour of standalone units.
1.2Cuisine: the dried shrimp pastes of the Thai kitchen
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  • Every region in Italy has a different type of cheese and that's the beauty of the Italian kitchen.
  • In Japan, the restaurants are very specialized, so Tomita sought work in the US, wanting to explore all aspects of the Japanese kitchen.
2 informal The percussion section of an orchestra.
3 [as modifier] (Of a language) in an uneducated or domestic form: kitchen Swahili


Old English cycene; related to Dutch keuken and German Küche, based on Latin coquere 'to cook'.

  • An Old English word based on Latin coquere ‘to cook’. Everything but the kitchen sink, meaning ‘everything imaginable’, seems to have started life in the Second World War. A 1948 dictionary of forces' slang says that it was used in the context of a heavy bombardment: ‘They chucked everything they'd got at us except, or including, the kitchen sink.’ Kitchen-sink drama refers in particular to post-war British drama which used working-class domestic settings rather than the drawing rooms of conventional middle-class theatre.

Words that rhyme with kitchen

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