Definition of oven in US English:



  • 1An enclosed compartment, as in a kitchen range, for cooking and heating food.

    • ‘If things start to go wrong you can always finish off the cooking in the oven.’
    • ‘Come closer, and note the absence of any conventional stovetops, closed ovens, deep fryers, or steam table.’
    • ‘It was so warm inside and the aroma of hot chocolate and a cooking roast in the oven hung on the air.’
    • ‘The fire started after a piece of fish was left cooking in an oven.’
    • ‘The black and gold range has an electric oven combined with a gas fired hob.’
    • ‘When these kitchens were designed, cooktops, wall ovens and dishwashers - let alone Cuisinarts and yogurt makers - were still years in the future.’
    • ‘Each kitchen is fully fitted with a glass ceramic cooker, extractor, oven and fridge freezer.’
    • ‘India has a cuisine as diverse as its contrasting climate and the Punjab is famed for its clay ovens and tandoori cooking.’
    • ‘She is used to the logistical challenges thrown up by confined spaces and ovens with different cooking temperatures.’
    • ‘Most homeowners were left without basic living means after central heating, cookers, ovens, house alarms and telephones were damaged beyond use by the fault.’
    • ‘Included in the sale is a fridge, a gas and electric range with six-plate griddle, two ovens and a grill.’
    • ‘Car parking is included in the price as is a range of kitchen appliances including fridge-freezers, ovens, hobs, dishwashers, washing machines and extractor fans.’
    • ‘Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.’
    • ‘The pieces allow state of the art cookers, fridges, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers to be concealed behind beautiful facades and ingenious storage devices.’
    • ‘The versatility of the cuisine and the custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors have entered the homes of many communities.’
    • ‘There is a range of integrated appliances including an oven, cooker and four-ring ceramic hob.’
    • ‘Open storage above the ovens and below the cooktop let her grab a pie tin or skillet without opening a cabinet door first.’
    • ‘It's a dual-fuel range cooker of timeless design, combined with a powerful six-burner gas hob, three electric ovens and a grill.’
    • ‘The kitchen is fitted with a double oven, ceramic hob and extractor fan.’
    • ‘As you walk into the house, you smell the succulent aroma of turkey and stuffing cooking in the oven.’
    stove, kitchen stove, microwave, microwave oven, range, kitchen range
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    1. 1.1 A small furnace or kiln.
      • ‘The following day, the coke ovens and one blast furnace were reported to have collapsed due to low temperatures and the absence of maintenance staff.’
      • ‘The tram was built to carry coal from the immediately adjacent coal mine to a row of beehive coking ovens and thence to the smelter furnaces.’
      • ‘Ten years ago this site operated around the clock and housed multi-million-pound facilities including a blast furnace, strip mill and coke ovens.’
      • ‘It was like forcing a clay figure to bend after it had been in the oven and glazed.’
      • ‘The site contains several scheduled monuments, including beehive coking ovens, calcining kilns, blowing engine houses, and a unique lift tower which was used to transport material to the top of the furnaces.’
      • ‘Since the pieces are still quite moist, they must be dried in large ovens, called kilns, before they become hard enough to be packed.’
      • ‘This curious form of celebration is believed to have been facilitated by the existence of large ovens for the local manufacture of earthenware pipes.’
      • ‘Such colours as may be thought proper are then laid on, and the ware is afterwards baked in ovens or furnaces.’
    2. 1.2 Used to describe a very hot place.
      ‘the sun was beating down onto my little tent and it was like an oven in there’
    3. 1.3historical A cremation chamber or gas chamber in a Nazi concentration camp.
      • ‘When I run my hand along a bunk or the bricks lining a crematorium oven, my heart sinks every time.’
      • ‘Our readiness to unleash, in short order, devices that will rapidly transform cities into concentration camp-like ovens numbs our moral sensitivities.’
      • ‘I had my grandmother on the phone - it reminded her of the ovens in Auschwitz.’
      • ‘With due speed, German industrialists were required to design and produce ovens and gas chambers that would enable the mass murders to be carried out quickly and cleanly without involving German personnel too much.’
      • ‘What about the millions of Jews cremated in Nazi ovens?’
      • ‘When we went into Germany, we didn't expect that there were going to be ovens in Auschwitz, but we found that out later.’
      • ‘Jewish millionaires and members of European parliaments were cremated in Auschwitz ovens.’
      • ‘Can someone tell me how many concentration camps and ovens would that take?’
      • ‘I was born in a DP camp in Germany in 1947 to parents who had survived the ovens of Nazi Germany, in which their entire families had perished.’
      • ‘I do not think there are many who would find fault with the Jewish resistance fighters who destroyed the gas ovens that Nazis used to slaughter so many of their brethren.’
      • ‘My family didn't die in Nazi ovens, so I couldn't possibly forgive Hitler and his thugs.’
      • ‘The secularist Hitler sent millions of Jews to the gas ovens.’


Old English ofen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oven, German Ofen, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek ipnos.