a room where you cook food
kitch‧en S1 W2 /ˈkɪtʃən, ˈkɪtʃɪn/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[Language: Old English; Origin: cycene]
1. the room where you prepare and cook food:
Sam went into the kitchen to make a pot of tea.
She is in the kitchen making a meal.
2. everything but the kitchen sink humorous used when someone has brought too many things with them
kit·chen [kitchen kitchens] [ˈkɪtʃɪn] [ˈkɪtʃɪn] noun
a room in which meals are cooked or prepared
• She's in the kitchen.
• We ate at the kitchen table.
see also soup kitchen
more at if you can't stand the heat (get out of the kitchen) at heat n.
Idiom: everything but the kitchen sink
Old English cycene, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch keuken and German Küche, based on Latin coquere ‘to cook’.
• I sat at the kitchen island eating a bowl of cereal.
• We handed our trays through the kitchen hatch as we left.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
kitchen / ˈkɪtʃ. ə n / noun [ C ]
A1 a room where food is kept, prepared, and cooked and where the dishes are washed:
We usually eat breakfast in the kitchen.
the kitchen table
a new fitted kitchen (= cupboards that look the same fixed to the walls and floor in the kitchen)
See picture in the kitchen
See picture kitchen equipment and cooking
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Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
A kitchen is a room that is used for cooking and for household jobs such as washing dishes.
kitch·en /ˈkɪʧən/ noun, pl -ens [count] : a room in which food is cooked
• She wants a house with a large kitchen.
- often used before another noun
• kitchen counters/cabinets/chairs
• They sat down at the kitchen table.
• When he goes on vacation he takes along everything but the kitchen sink. [=an extremely large number of things]
- see picture on next page; see also soup kitchen