American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place, such as a pantry or cellar, where food is stored.
- n. A supply of food.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room in which bacon and other meats are kept or salted; hence, a depository of provisions in general for a household; a pantry.
- n. The stock of provisions in a house; provisions as served.
- n. Slaughter.
- n. One who lards, as meat.
- n. a cool room in a domestic house where food is stored; a pantry
- n. a food supply
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A room or place where meat and other articles of food are kept before they are cooked.
- n. a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
- n. a supply of food especially for a household
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin lārdārium, from Latin lārdum, bacon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Having partly roasted the remainder of the birds, as well as the frogs and lizards, to assist in preserving them we hung them up in a shady place which we called our larder, under a thick branch, where we hoped they would keep sweet till they were required for food.”
“It's similar to the English word larder, where perishable food and drink were stored before we all had refrigerators.”
“The word "larder" is a nice one, because it means both a place where food is stored, and a supply of food, especially for a household.”
“So, a couple of hours and $200 later, the larder is well stocked once again.”
“When the larder is dry, there may be also bacon racks fixed to the ceiling; but, if the situation should be damp, these will be better in the kitchen.”
“Our larder is not too much encumbered with provision.”
“And I don't know anyone who would say they have a "larder"-probably because what would have been in a larder, is in a fridge now.”
“Among other things I've done in the past two hours: housing works (found book 3 of a trilogy my mother had started but I don't think she ever found books 2 or 3 yet), The Strand (a mere 11 books, $18 and change), and 12th Steet Books ($16 and change for 7 books, mostly Robert Barnard mysteries, but I also got a Colin Dexter Inspector Morse to try and an old non-series Lawrence Block, etc.), and a quick visit to the Westside Market since, obviously, the larder is bare.”
“But to fit that collectionIn an airplane’s hold sectionTo get back to my larder is harder.”
“And a larder is a place where meat etc is kept from O Fr 'lardier' - a bacon tub.”
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