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Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia: historic tobacco kiln


From Middle English kilne, from Old English cylene or cyline (large oven), from Latin culīna (kitchen, kitchen stove), introduced by the Romans to England in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.


  • (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɪln/, /kɪl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪln, -ɪl
  • Note: the traditional pronunciation /kɪl/ is being increasingly replaced by the spelling pronunciation /kɪln/ (though, to be fair, the claim that the n-less pronunciation is traditional and that the other is but a spelling pronunciation isn't really much more than weasel-wording. The fact remains that the "n" was pronounced in Old English [and likely in Middle English as well], meaning that the n-pronouncing pronunciation is in fact older than the purported "traditional" pronunciation.)


kiln (plural kilns)

  1. An oven or furnace or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening, burning, calcining or drying anything; for example, firing ceramics, curing or preserving tobacco.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[1]:
      One typical Grecian kiln engorged one thousand muleloads of juniper wood in a single burn. Fifty such kilns would devour six thousand metric tons of trees and brush annually.





kiln (third-person singular simple present kilns, present participle kilning, simple past and past participle kilned)

  1. To bake in a kiln.
    When making pottery we need to allow the bisque to dry before we kiln it.