The origin of the word Kitchen

Have you ever wondered why all the other rooms in your house are labeled with the activity that takes place in them…. except the Kitchen!  The bed room has a bed in it, the dining room is where you dine, the bathroom is where you bathe, the play room is where you play and the living room is where you live (well, I live in the kitchen mostly but that’s just me).

Why is the kitchen not called the cooking room? Where did that word come from? The answer is the same as the origin of most words…. from Latin. The Old Latin word (that you can only find in a Latin dictionary) is coquere meaning “to cook”. Then that translated in many languages from Old English, Cycene, to kichene in Middle English to cucina in europe (various countries had different spellings) eventually  to the word kitchen.

But why did ‘they’ decide to use one word, a word that means ‘to cook’ and not ‘the cooks room’ ?  If anyone has an answer let me know. I am the curious sort!

5 thoughts on “The origin of the word Kitchen”

  1. Hi Janine, Thanks for the comment. I searched and searched and could only find the origin of the actual word in english, not why they started calling it the kitchen. I love the kitchroom! It works for me! I will try to pass it on. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I must admit I asked my mother the same question way back in the 1950’s when I was a kid. Simply solved the problem myself by calling it the Kitchroom. The name stuck in our family but sadly the rest of the world never caught on !!!!!!

  3. Hi Armondo. Sorry for the late reply. So busy these days. But thank you for this. I was hoping to get more replies about this because in my search for the origin, I only came up with what was in the post. Any and all new input is appreciated. Where did you find this info? I love it. Thanks

  4. Hi, i am sorry to disappoint you but the origin of word kitchen is from the old Albanian language and Albanian language gives this word the true meaning => “kitchen” = “the place where you boil”,(kuzhinë = ku-zien), Albanian language is an Indo-European language. Greetings from ALbania!!

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