kitchenette n : small kitchen
- Rhymes: -ɛt
- small kitchen or area for preparing food, often just a part of a room instead of a separate room
A kitchenette is a cooking area in motel and hotel rooms, small apartments, college dormitories, or office buildings. It usually consists of a small refrigerator, a microwave oven, a hotplate, and a sink. New York City Building Code defines a kitchenette as a kitchen of less than 7.4 m2 (80 ft2) of floor space.
The term was coined in 1901 by Andrew J. Kerwin in the pages of The New Yorker magazine. He used the diminutive -ette to indicate a small kitchen.