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[ kich-uh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF kitchen

Synonyms for kitchen

  • gallery
  • canteen
  • cookery
  • cookhouse
  • cuisine
  • galley
  • kitchenette
  • mess
  • scullery
  • cook's room
  • eat-in
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Robert hurried home, and rushed into the kitchen where his mother was at work.

Your eggs are carried from the kitchen to the dining-room table on a plate.

Harriett had to see him every time she came into the kitchen.

If they entered a house, he sat in the parlor; if they peeped into the kitchen, he was there.

She recovered herself instantly, and ran back to the kitchen.

The pouring of coffee may be done at the table or in the kitchen.

From the kitchen came the dump of an iron, and cheerful singing.

Mrs. McKee knew herself routed, and retreated to the kitchen.

When he had put them on one end of the kitchen table, he went over to her again.

Rico did not find his cousin in the sitting-room; so he went to the kitchen, and opened the door.


c.1200, from Old English cycene, from West Germanic *kokina (cf. Middle Dutch cökene, Old High German chuhhina, German Küche, Danish kjøkken), probably borrowed from Vulgar Latin *cocina (cf. French cuisine, Spanish cocina), variant of Latin coquina "kitchen," from fem. of coquinus "of cooks," from coquus "cook," from coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

The Old English word might be directly from Vulgar Latin. Kitchen cabinet "informal but powerful set of advisors" is American English slang, 1832, originally in reference to administration of President Andrew Jackson. Kitchen midden (1863) in archaeology translates Danish kjøkken mødding. Surname Kitchener ("one in charge of a monastic kitchen") is from early 14c. Old English also had cycenðenung "service in the kitchen."