The definition of a kettle is a metal pot or other container used for boiling.(noun)
An example of a kettle is what you'd use to boil water for tea.
See kettle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME ketel < ON ketill, akin to OE cetel, Ger kessel, Goth katils, early Gmc loanword < L catillus, dim. of catinus, container for food
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Origin: Middle English ketel
Origin: , from Old Norse ketill
Origin: and Old English cetel
Origin: , both from Latin catīllus
Origin: , diminutive of catīnus, large bowl.
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