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Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman, from a Old Northern French variant of Old French chenil (whence modern French chenil), from Vulgar Latin *canile, ultimately from Latin canis



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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 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.


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.
    • L'Estrange
      The dog kennelled in a hollow tree.

Etymology 2[edit]

See channel, canal.


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kennel ‎(plural kennels)

  1. (obsolete) A gutter at the edge of a street.
    • 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.

"Soon shall the Kennels swell with rapid Streams, And rush in muddy Torrents to the Thames." JOHN GAY (1685–1732) "Trivia: Or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London" (1716). Book I

  1. (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) A puddle.

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< 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