February 19, 2012
kitchen (noun)
\KITCH-en\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a place (as a room) in which cooking is done
How do you use it?
Though Mom encourages guests to make themselves comfortable in our living room, everyone always seems to prefer to socialize in the kitchen.
Are you a word wiz?

At the root of "kitchen" is a Latin word, one which also figures in the history of another food-related word. Which of the words below do you think shares a Latin root with "kitchen"?

"Kitchen" and "cook" have been around for over 800 years. Although they don't look much alike now, they are distant cousins. Both words trace to the Latin verb "coquere," which means "to cook." "Coquere" gave rise to the Latin words "coquus," meaning "cook," and "coquina," meaning "kitchen." "Coquus" eventually became the English word "cook." After some changes in spelling and pronunciation, "coquina" came into English as "cycene." More changes over the course of many years gave us "kichene" and, finally, "kitchen."
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