Definition of kitchen in US English:



  • 1A room or area where food is prepared and cooked.

    • ‘There is also a large patio area that borders the kitchen and dining room.’
    • ‘The dining room has been used by the present owner as a sitting room and has a kitchen area with wooden floors to the rear.’
    • ‘We've become sedentary, convenience foods fill our kitchens, and stress is a common denominator.’
    • ‘The kitchen is fitted with units of Canadian maple and includes a four-ring Miele gas hob.’
    • ‘Now both men and women cook, and the kitchen is no longer just a utilitarian room.’
    • ‘The interior is one big room and the open kitchen allows you to watch the cooks do their thing while you sip your drinks.’
    • ‘We no longer live in a time when the routines of household life revolve around the rhythms of the kitchen.’
    • ‘The fitted kitchen has solid maple units with a black granite counter top; the floor and ceiling are timber.’
    • ‘John is a man on a mission to persuade more of us to compost our garden and kitchen waste.’
    • ‘Their young children attend local schools and English is rapidly becoming the language spoken at the kitchen table.’
    • ‘There are a number of apartment types on offer, including two-bed duplex units with separate kitchens, and apartments with an open plan layout.’
    • ‘It was now early evening, and Vera was in the kitchen, preparing the food that she had sent Bill out for.’
    • ‘Judy regularly experiments with new recipes in her farmhouse kitchen.’
    • ‘I smiled and went up to my room, leaving him alone in the kitchen to prepare dinner.’
    • ‘Susan found Lila in the kitchen area, preparing a chicken for the evening meal.’
    • ‘When Jake arrived home, tired and hot, Lisa was in the kitchen throwing together a salad.’
    • ‘She scrambled down the stairs and through the living room to the kitchen where her mom was cooking dinner.’
    • ‘Their top-floor living quarters included a kitchen, bathroom and lounge.’
    • ‘Completing the accommodation is a ceramic tiled kitchen with fitted units and appliances, as well as a breakfast bar.’
    • ‘Surprisingly for such a large building, air conditioning is only used for underground rooms and service areas such as kitchens.’
    cooking area, kitchenette, kitchen-diner, galley, cookhouse, bakehouse, scullery
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    1. 1.1 A set of fixtures, cabinets, and appliances that are sold together and installed in a room where food is prepared.
      ‘a complete kitchen at a bargain price’
      • ‘The furniture giant, which has 13 stores across the UK, has traditionally sold its kitchens to customers who have had to arrange their own fitting.’
      • ‘A number of shareholders have called for the sale of the chain so the group could focus on its Howden business, which sells kitchens to builders and small developers.’
      • ‘Unlike other actors, who sell fitted kitchens or serve pizzas between gigs, Duffy goes to the gym and tries to keep hold of his sanity.’
      • ‘Fitted kitchens are, apparently, out in favour of standalone units.’
      • ‘MFI is the market leader, and not only does the company sell fitted kitchens it also makes them too.’
    2. 1.2 Cuisine.
      ‘the dried shrimp pastes of the Thai kitchen’
      • ‘Every region in Italy has a different type of cheese and that's the beauty of the Italian kitchen.’
      • ‘In Japan, the restaurants are very specialized, so Tomita sought work in the US, wanting to explore all aspects of the Japanese kitchen.’
  • 2informal The percussion section of an orchestra.

  • 3as modifier (of a language) in an uneducated or domestic form.

    ‘kitchen Swahili’


Old English cycene, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch keuken and German Küche, based on Latin coquere ‘to cook’.