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Definitions for larder
ˈlɑr dərlarder

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lardernoun

    a supply of food especially for a household

  2. pantry, larder, butterynoun

    a small storeroom for storing foods or wines


  1. lardernoun

    a cool room in a domestic house where food is stored; a pantry

  2. lardernoun

    a food supply

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lardernoun

    The room where meat is kept or salted.

    Etymology: lardier, old French; from lard.

    This similitude is not borrowed of the larder house, but out of the school house. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    Flesh is ill kept in a room that is not cool; whereas in a cool and wet larder it will keep longer. Francis Bacon.

    So have I seen in larder dark,
    Of veal a lucid loin. Dorset.

    Old age,
    Morose, perverse in humour, diffident
    The more he still abounds, the less content:
    His larder and his kitchen too observes,
    And now, lest he should want hereafter, starves. King.


  1. Larder

    A larder is a cool area for storing food prior to use. Originally, it was where raw meat was larded—covered in fat—to be preserved. By the 18th century, the term had expanded. Now a dry larder was where bread, pastry, milk, butter, or cooked meats were stored. Larders were commonplace in houses before the widespread use of the refrigerator. Stone larders were designed to keep cold in the hottest weather. They had slate or marble shelves two or three inches thick. These shelves were wedged into thick stone walls. Fish or vegetables were laid directly onto the shelves and covered with muslin or handfuls of wet rushes were sprinkled under and around.


  1. larder

    A larder is a room or large cupboard in a house where food, especially meat, is stored prior to use. Traditionally it was a cool space where foods could be stored to prevent them from spoiling, before the invention and widespread use of refrigerators.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lardernoun

    a room or place where meat and other articles of food are kept before they are cooked

  2. Etymology: [OF. lardier. See Lard, n.]


  1. Larder

    A larder is a cool area for storing food prior to use. Larders were commonplace in houses before the widespread use of the refrigerator. Essential qualities of a larder are that it should be: ⁕as cool as possible ⁕close to food preparation areas ⁕constructed so as to exclude flies and vermin ⁕easy to keep clean ⁕equipped with shelves and cupboards appropriate to the food being stored. In the northern hemisphere, most houses would arrange to have their larder and kitchen on the north or east side of the house where it received the least amount of sun. In Australia and New Zealand larders were placed on the south or east sides of the house for the same reason. Many larders have small unglazed windows with the window opening covered in fine mesh. This allows free circulation of air without allowing flies to enter. Many larders have tiled or painted walls to simplify cleaning. Older larders and especially those in larger houses have hooks in the ceiling to hang joints of meat or game. Others have insulated containers for ice, anticipating the future development of refrigerators. A pantry may contain a thrawl, which is a term used in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, and is a stone slab or shelf used to keep food cool in the days before refrigeration was domestically available. In the late medieval hall, a thrawl would have been appropriate to a larder. In a large or moderately large nineteenth-century house, all these rooms would have been placed as low in the building as possible, or as convenient, in order to use the mass of the ground to retain a low summer temperature. For this reason, a buttery was usually called the cellar by this stage.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Larder

    lärd′ėr, n. a room or place where meat, &c., is kept: stock of provisions.—n. Lard′erer, one who has charge of a larder. [O. Fr. lardier, a bacon-tub—L. lardum.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Larder is ranked #120187 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Larder surname appeared 144 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Larder.

    90.9% or 131 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of larder in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of larder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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