What does kennel mean?

Definitions for kennel
ˈkɛn lken·nel

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word kennel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kennel, doghouse, dog houseverb

    outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog

  2. kennelverb

    put up in a kennel

    "kennel a dog"


  1. kennelnoun

    A gutter at the edge of a street.

  2. Etymology: From variant of chenil, ultimately from canis

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Kennelnoun

    Etymology: chenil, French.

    A dog sure, if he could speak, had wit enough to describe his kennel. Philip Sidney.

    From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept
    A hell-hound, that doth hunt us all to death. William Shakespeare.

    The seditious remain within their station, which, by reason of the nastiness of the beastly multitude, might be more fitly termed a kennel than a camp. John Hayward.

    A little herd of England’s tim’rous deer,
    Maz’d with a yelping kennel of French curs. William Shakespeare.

    Bad humours gather to a a bile; or, as divers kennels flow to one sink, so in short time their numbers increased. John Hayward.

    He always came in so dirty, as if he had been dragged through the kennel at a boarding-school. Arbuthnot.

  2. To Kennelverb

    To lie; to dwell: used of beasts, and of man in contempt.

    Etymology: from kennel.

    Yet, when they list, would creep,
    If ought disturb’d their noise, into her womb,
    And kennel there; yet there still bark’d and howl’d
    Within, unseen. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.

    The dog kennelled in a hollow tree, and the cock roosted upon the boughs. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.


  1. Kennel

    A kennel is a structure or shelter for dogs. Used in the plural, the kennels, the term means any building, collection of buildings or a property in which dogs are housed, maintained, and (though not in all cases) bred. A kennel can be made out of various materials, the most popular being wood and canvas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kennelnoun

    the water course of a street; a little canal or channel; a gutter; also, a puddle

  2. Kennelnoun

    a house for a dog or for dogs, or for a pack of hounds

  3. Kennelnoun

    a pack of hounds, or a collection of dogs

  4. Kennelnoun

    the hole of a fox or other beast; a haunt

  5. Kennelverb

    to lie or lodge; to dwell, as a dog or a fox

  6. Kennelverb

    to put or keep in a kennel

  7. Etymology: [See Channel, Canal.]


  1. Kennel

    A kennel is a structure or shelter for dogs. A kennel is a doghouse, run, or other small structure in which a dog is kept. American English often uses the word "doghouse" in this context; in British English the term "kennel" is preferred. Used in the plural, the kennels, the term means any building, collection of buildings or a property in which dogs are housed, maintained, and bred.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kennel

    ken′el, n. a house for dogs: a pack of hounds: the hole of a fox, &c.: a haunt.—v.t. to keep in a kennel.—v.i. to live in a kennel:—pr.p. kenn′elling; pa.p. kenn′elled. [Norm. Fr. kenil (Fr. chenil)—L. canīlecanis, a dog.]

  2. Kennel

    ken′el, n. the water-course of a street: a gutter. [A form of canal.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kennel is ranked #26110 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kennel surname appeared 938 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Kennel.

    85.5% or 802 total occurrences were White.
    9% or 85 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce kennel?

How to say kennel in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kennel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kennel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of kennel in a Sentence

  1. Danish proverb:

    The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage.

  2. Terry McAuliffe:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign in waiting, ‘Ready for Hillary,’ … is piggybacking off the winner of last week’s The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show to pitch some trinkets like dog collars and bowls. In the past, the group has featured a brown Boston terrier. But in a new email a beagle, like the show winner, is used.

  3. Deb Bucci:

    Their brains, especially in the Malinois,are continuous, and when they are locked in the kennel they go crazy.

  4. Kathy Bailey:

    There was a dog that was kept in a kennel that was filled with feces and urine, the food was thrown down on the feces for the dog to eat. The water bucket had old straw and feces on it and the water inside was full of algae.

  5. Van Sickle:

    At the end of Kennel Club, it was this individual dog, or dogs, that caused this unfortunate scenario, sometimes you get a bad apple, just like you do with people.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for kennel

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for kennel »


Find a translation for the kennel definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"kennel." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 27 Mar. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/kennel>.

Discuss these kennel definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for kennel? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    • A. emanate
    • B. rumpus
    • C. abase
    • D. loom

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for kennel: