• IPA: /ˈkɛnəl/

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. (UK, collective) The dogs kept at such a facility; a pack of hounds.
    • 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.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: chenil
  • German: (shelter for unwanted dogs) Hundeasyl, Hundeheim; (rearing facility) Hundezucht, Zwinger, Hundezwinger
  • Italian: canile
  • Portuguese: canil
  • Russian: пса́рня

kennel (kennels, present participle kenneling; past and past participle kenneled)

  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.
  • IPA: /ˈkɛnəl/

kennel (plural kennels)

  1. (obsolete) A gutter at the edge of a street; an open sewer.
    • 1716, John Gay, Trivia (poem), Book I:
      "Soon shall the Kennels swell with rapid Streams, / And rush in muddy Torrents to the Thames."
  2. (obsolete) A puddle.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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