- a doghouse
- [often pl.] a place where dogs are bred or kept
- a pack of dogs
Origin of kennelMiddle English kenel, probably via Norman French from Old French chenil from Vulgar Latin an unverified form canile from Classical Latin canis, a dog: see canine
transitive verb-·neled or -·nelled, -·nel·ing or -·nel·ling
Origin of kennelMiddle English canel from Old French canel, chanel, channel
- A shelter for a dog.
- A pack of dogs, especially hounds.
- An establishment where dogs are bred, trained, or boarded.
- The lair of a wild animal, such as a fox.
verbken·neled, ken·nel·ing, ken·nels, or ken·nelled ken·nel·ling
Origin of kennelMiddle English kenel from Anglo-Norman kenil from Medieval Latin canīle from Latin canis dog ; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of kennelMiddle English cannel from Old North French canel channel from Latin canālis ; see canal .
- A house or shelter for a dog.
- – We want to look at the dog kennels.– That's the pet department, second floor.
- A facility at which dogs are reared or boarded.
- The town dog-catcher operates the kennel for strays.
- She raises registered Dalmatians at her kennel.
- (UK) The dogs kept at such a facility; a pack of hounds.
- The hole of a fox or other animal.
(third-person singular simple present kennels, present participle kenneling or kennelling, simple past and past participle kenneled or kennelled)
- To house or board a dog (less commonly another animal).
- While we're away our friends will kennel our pet poodle.
- (intransitive) To lie or lodge; to dwell, as a dog or a fox.
- (obsolete) A gutter at the edge of a street.
- (obsolete) A puddle.