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

  • adj. Of or relating to a kitchen or to cookery.

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  • adj. Relating to the practice of cookery or the activity of cooking.
  • adj. Of, or relating to a kitchen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to the kitchen, or to the art of cookery; used in kitchens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to the kitchen, or to the art of cookery; used in kitchens or in cooking: as, a culinary vessel; culinary herbs.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or used in cooking


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

Latin culīnārius, from culīna, kitchen; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.

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Latin culina: kitchen. Old English, cyln: cooking. The first written appearance of culinary was in 1638, suggested to be reintroduced from classical Latin by 16th century humanists.


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