from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small room or closet, usually off a kitchen, where food, tableware, linens, and similar items are stored.
- n. A small room used for the preparation of cold foods.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small room, closet, or cabinet usually located in or near the kitchen, dedicated to food storage and/or storing kitchenware. Since the pantry is not typically temperature-controlled (unlike a refrigerator or root cellar), the foods stored in a pantry are usually shelf-stable staples such as grains, flours, and preserved foods.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apartment or closet in which bread and other provisions are kept.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office of a pantler.
- n. An apartment or closet in which provisions are kept, or where plate and knives, etc., are cleaned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
Middle English pantrie, from Old French paneterie, bread-closet, from panetier, pantry servant, from pan, bread, from Latin pānis; see pā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French paneterie, related to Latin panis ("bread"). (Wiktionary)