Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A characteristic manner or style of preparing food: Spanish cuisine.
  • n. Food; fare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a characteristic style of preparing food, often associated with a place of origin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The kitchen or cooking department.
  • n. Manner or style of cooking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kitchen.
  • n. The culinary department of a house, hotel, etc., including the cooks.
  • n. The manner or style of cooking; cookery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *cocīna, variant of Latin coquīna, kitchen, cookery, from coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French cuisine ("cooking, culinary art, kitchen"). More details: see there. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It appears that much of the cuisine is an intuitive affair, based on the state, and available ingredients.

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  • Many human beings are under the deplorable mistake of supposing we live on slimy water and dirty insects – ha, ha, ha! whereas our cuisine is astounding in variety and delicacy of material and flavour.

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  • It seems reliable Asian cuisine is available to us, for a certain price.

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  • You can infuse personality, style, and culture into the cuisine, in other words, really make your wedding a memorable experience for your guests, without creating a full “theme” wedding.

    My Fair Wedding

  • French cuisine went through a major slimming phase nearly 40 years ago—it was called cuisine minceur .

    The Reduced-Fat Diet

  • Chinese cuisine is one of the glories of the world, and their meals are well balanced, but in ways that we westerners have no idea.

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  • My education into American regional cuisine is complete.

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  • Moroccan cuisine is far from repulsive although it can get a little repetitive once you have permed every combination of cous-cous and tajine with goat, chicken, fish and vegetables.

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  • They will continue, in other words, to shape the future of this fascinating, complex thing we call cuisine.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • I am not a fan of restaurants in the first place; prefer my own cooking anyway, so cuisine is not an issue for me, nor is good wine: Thursday's vintage of Padre Kino is aok, even if it does stain the bottle red.

    Just back from a month in upstate New York

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