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Tea kettle

English

Etymology

Old English (Northumbrian) cetel, from West Germanic *katil, probably from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] catillus, diminutive of cantīnus ‘food-vessel’. Cognate with Dutch ketel, German Keßel, West Frisian tsjettel (English did not follow the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law in this occasion)

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Noun

Singular
kettle

Plural
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  1. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid.
    To cook pasta, you first need to put the kettle on.
    There's a hot kettle of soup on the stove.
  2. The quantity held by a kettle.
  3. (UK) A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.
    Stick the kettle on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
  4. A pothole.
  5. The collective noun for a group of airborne hawks.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A steam locomotive
  7. (music) A kettledrum.
  8. (geology) A kettle hole.

Usage notes

In British English, if not specified otherwise, the kettle usually refers to a vessel for boiling the water for tea.

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