An example of a kettle is what you'd use to boil water for tea.
Other Word Forms
Origin of kettle
- Middle English ketel from Old Norse ketill Old English cetel both from Latin catīllus diminutive of catīnus large bowl
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ketel, also chetel, from Old Norse ketill and Old English cytel, cetel, citel (“kettle, cauldron”), both from Proto-Germanic *katilaz (“kettle, bucket, vessel”), of uncertain origin and formation. Usually regarded as a borrowing of Late Latin catīllus (“small bowl”), diminutive of catinus (“deep bowl, vessel for cooking up or serving food”), however, the word may be Germanic confused with the Latin: compare Old High German chezzi (“a kettle, dish, bowl”), Old English cete (“cooking pot”), Icelandic kati, ketla (“a small boat”). Cognate with West Frisian tsjettel (“kettle”), Dutch ketel (“kettle”), German Kessel (“kettle”), Swedish kittel (“kettle”), Gothic (katils, “kettle”). Compare also Russian котёл (kotjól, “boiler, cauldron”).