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Definition of kettle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

kettle

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈketl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketl//
 
 
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  • a container with a lid, handle and a spout, used for boiling water an electric kettle (British English) I'll put the kettle on (= start boiling some water) and make some tea.
  • Word Origin Old English cetel, cietel, of Germanic origin, based on Latin catillus, diminutive of catinus ‘deep container for cooking or serving food’. In Middle English the word's form was influenced by Old Norse ketill.Extra examples I’ll just boil the kettle. She made herself a sandwich while she waited for the kettle to boil. The kettle started to sing.Idioms
    a different kettle of fish
     
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    (informal) a completely different situation or person from the one previously mentioned
    the pot calling the kettle black
     
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    (saying, informal) used to say that you should not criticize somebody for a fault that you have yourself