- The definition of kitchen is a room or area a home or building where food is cooked or prepared.
An example of a kitchen is the room in your home that has a stove, refrigerator and cabinets for storing food.
Mother and daughters cooking in the kitchen.
- a room or place or the equipment for the preparation and cooking of food
- a staff that cooks and serves food
Origin of kitchenMiddle English kychene ; from Old English cycene ; from Vulgar Latin cocina, cucina: see cuisine
- A room or an area equipped for preparing and cooking food.
- A style of cooking; cuisine: a restaurant with a fine French kitchen.
- A staff that prepares, cooks, and serves food.
Origin of kitchenMiddle English kichene, from Old English cycene, probably from Vulgar Latin *cocīna, from Late Latin coquīna, from feminine of Latin coquīnus, of cooking, from coquus, cook, from coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
- A room or area for preparing food.
- An admixture of languages spoken to convey meaning between non-native speakers.
- (African American Vernacular) The nape of a person's hairline, often referring to its uncombed or "nappy" look.
- (music) The percussion section of an orchestra.
- (dated) A utensil for roasting meat.
- a tin kitchen
From Middle English kitchen, kichene, kuchen, from Old English cycen, cycene (“kitchen”), from Proto-Germanic *kukinōn (“kitchen”), probably a borrowing of Vulgar Latin cucīna (“kitchen”), from coquō (“to cook”), from Proto-Indo-European *pekʷ- (“to cook, become ripe”). More at cook.
Germanic cognates include West Frisian koken (“kitchen”), Dutch keuken (“kitchen”), German Küche (“kitchen”), Low German Kök (“kitchen”), Danish kjøkken (“kitchen”). Romance cognates include French cuisine (borrowed into English cuisine), Italian cucina, and Spanish cocina.
In other languages, the cognate term often refers both to the room and the type of cooking. In English, the distinction is generally made via the etymological twins kitchen (“room”) (of Germanic origin) and cuisine (“type of cooking”) (from French).