- a doghouse
- 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
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 or ken·nel·ling
Origin of kennelMiddle English kenel, from Anglo-Norman *kenil, from Medieval Latin can&imacron;le, from Latin canis, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of kennelMiddle English cannel, from Old North French canel, channel, from Latin canalis; 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.