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



BrE BrE//ˈkɪtʃɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪtʃɪn//
Rooms in a house
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  • a room in which meals are cooked or prepared She's in the kitchen. We ate at the kitchen table. I sat at the kitchen island eating a bowl of cereal. We handed our trays through the kitchen hatch as we left. see also soup kitchen See related entries: Rooms in a house
  • Word OriginOld English cycene, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch keuken and German Küche, based on Latin coquere ‘to cook’.Idioms
    everything but the kitchen sink
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    (informal, humorous) a very large number of things, probably more than is necessary We seem to take everything but the kitchen sink when we go camping. See related entries: Rooms in a house
    if you can’t stand the heat (get out of the kitchen)
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    (informal) used to tell somebody to stop trying to do something if they find it too difficult, especially in order to suggest that they are less able than other people
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kitchen