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A kennel, a shelter for a dog.
A kennel of dogs in the kennels of Château de Cheverny, France.

Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman kenil, from an Old Northern French variant of Old French chenil (whence modern French chenil), from Vulgar Latin *canile, ultimately from Latin canis (dog), hence from Latin canēs, from Proto-Italic *kō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ.



kennel (plural kennels)

  1. A house or shelter for a dog.
    – We want to look at the dog kennels.
    – That's the pet department, second floor.
  2. A facility at which dogs are reared or boarded.
    The town dog-catcher operates the kennel for strays.
    She raises registered Dalmatians at her kennel.
  3. (Britain, collective) The dogs kept at such a facility; a pack of hounds.
    • 1591, Shakespeare, William, Henry VI, Part 1, Act 4, Scene 2:
      A little herd of England's timorous deer, / Mazed with a yelping kennel of French curs!
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. IX, Working Aristocracy
      A world of mere Patent-Digesters will soon have nothing to digest: such world ends, and by Law of Nature must end, in ‘over-population;’ in howling universal famine, ‘impossibility,’ and suicidal madness, as of endless dog-kennels run rabid.
  4. The hole of a fox or other animal.
Derived terms[edit]
  • ken (house)


kennel (third-person singular simple present kennels, present participle kenneling or kennelling, simple past and past participle kenneled or kennelled)

  1. (transitive) To house or board a dog (or less commonly another animal).
    While we're away our friends will kennel our pet poodle.
  2. (intransitive) To lie or lodge; to dwell, as a dog or a fox.
    • c. 1603–1606, Shakespeare, William, King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4:
      Truth's a dog must to kennel;
    • 1669, L'Estrange, Sir Roger, Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists[1], Fable CXLIII: A Dog and a Cock upon a Journey, page 130:
      The Dog Kennell'd in the Body of a Hollow Tree, and the Cock Roosted at night upon the Boughs.

Etymology 2[edit]

A kennel or gutter.

From Middle English canel, from Old French canel, from Latin canālis (channel; canal), from Latin canna (reed, cane), from Ancient Greek κάννα (kánna, reed), from Akkadian 𒄀 (qanû, reed), from Sumerian 𒄀𒈾 ( Cognate with English channel, canal.



kennel (plural kennels)

  1. (obsolete) A gutter at the edge of a street; an open sewer.
    • 1591, Shakespeare, William, Henry VI, Part 2, Act 4, Scene 1:
      Ay, kennel, puddle, sink, whose filth and dirt / Troubles the silver spring where England drinks;
    • 1716, Gay, John, Trivia: Or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London, Book I:
      "Soon shall the Kennels swell with rapid Streams, / And rush in muddy Torrents to the Thames."
    • 1899, Guy Boothby, Pharos the Egyptian
      A biting wind whistled through the streets, the pavements were dotted with umbrella-laden figures, the kennels ran like mill-sluices, while the roads were only a succession of lamp-lit puddles through which the wheeled traffic splashed continuously.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) A puddle.

Further reading[edit]



< Vulgar Latin *canile via Germanic languages, ultimately from Latin canis



  1. kennel (facility at which dogs are reared or boarded)


Inflection of kennel (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative kennel kennelit
genitive kennelin kennelien
partitive kenneliä kennelejä
illative kenneliin kenneleihin
singular plural
nominative kennel kennelit
accusative nom. kennel kennelit
gen. kennelin
genitive kennelin kennelien
partitive kenneliä kennelejä
inessive kennelissä kenneleissä
elative kennelistä kenneleistä
illative kenneliin kenneleihin
adessive kennelillä kenneleillä
ablative kenneliltä kenneleiltä
allative kennelille kenneleille
essive kennelinä kenneleinä
translative kenneliksi kenneleiksi
instructive kennelein
abessive kennelittä kenneleittä
comitative kenneleineen