Meaning of “kettle” in the English Dictionary

"kettle" in British English

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kettlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈket.əl/ us /ˈket̬.əl/

kettle noun [ C ] (EQUIPMENT)

a container for boiling water, that has a lid, handle, and spout and is made from plastic or metal

put the kettle on

B1 to start to boil water in a kettle


  • I think this kettle is defunct!
  • This kettle needs descaling.
  • I don't like the design of this kettle.
  • The kettle needs a new element.
  • I want to plug the kettle into the right-hand socket.

kettleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈket.əl/ us /ˈket̬.əl/

(Definition of “kettle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kettle" in American English

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kettlenoun [ C ]

us /ˈket̬·əl/

a covered container with a handle and a spout (= opening for pouring), used for boiling water

(Definition of “kettle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)