Definition of PANTRY
: a room or closet used for storage (as of provisions) or from which food is brought to the table
: a room (as in a hotel or hospital) for preparation of foods on order
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Examples of PANTRY
<homemade jams and pickles are stored in a separate pantry off the kitchen>
Origin of PANTRY
Middle English panetrie, from Anglo-French paneterie, from paneter servant in charge of the pantry, from pain bread, from Latin panis — more at food
First Known Use: 14th century
Pantry also has additional meanings, as in a set of ingredients that are used to prepare food. Salt, flour, sugar, ketchup, mayo, herbs, butter, canned tomato, dried/canned beans, et all are part of a stocked pantry. Often, I've heard pantry used as not just a place but a collection of all these things.
Plus, there are also the butler's pantry & hoosier pantry.
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A Hoosier pantry is a free-standing cabinet used as a pantry. The Hoosier Company of (where else) Indiana attached its name to it. Hoosier models aside, these items were once ubiquitous. My Grannies called them kitchen safes. Some were quite elaborate with a flour bin that had a sifter at the bottom, elaborate pierced tin panels in the doors, etc. I wish I had one of my Grannies' kitchen safes. They are usually used as ornamental furniture now.
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