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From Middle English cokerie, kokery, equivalent to cook +‎ -ery.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkʊkəɹi/
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cookery (countable and uncountable, plural cookeries)

  1. The art and practice of preparing food for consumption, especially by the application of heat; cooking.
    Synonym: cooking
    Henry was not very good at cookery and most of his meals ended up burned.
    • 1475, Kenelm Digby, The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie Kt. Opened, subtitle:
      together with excellent directions for cookery, as also for preserving, conserving, candying, &c.
  2. (obsolete) A delicacy; a dainty.
    • 1839, John Espy Lovell, "Fish out of water", Rhetorical Dialogues, page 335:
      I've got a bit of cookery that will astonish him — my marinated pheasants' poults a la braise imperiale.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. North to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) Cooking tools or apparatus.
    • 1800, Charlotte Yonge, The Little Duke, page 3:
      She directed the servants, inspected both the cookery and arrangements of the table, held council with an old steward...
    • 1934, Gray Owl, Pilgrims of the Wild, page 101:
      ...and would not be just dead weight, as on the trail it could conveniently be filled with the cookery and other odds and ends...