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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ket"tle
A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids.

Etymology: OE. ketel; cf. AS. cetel cetil cytel; akin to D. kjedel, G. kessel, OHG. chezzil, Icel. ketill, SW. kittel, Dan. kjedel, Goth. katils; all perh. fr. L. catillus, dim. of catinus a deep vessel, bowl; but cf. also OHG. chezzī kettle, Icel. kati small ship

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  1. A metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
  2. A large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
  3. (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
  4. The quantity a kettle will hold

From Middle English ketel, also chetel, from Old Norse ketill and Old English cytel, cetel, citel (“kettle, cauldron”), both from Proto-Germanic *katilaz (“kettle, bucket, vessel”), of uncertain origin and formation. Usually regarded as a borrowing of Late Latin catīllus (“small bowl”), diminutive of catinus (“deep bowl, vessel for cooking up or serving food”), however, the word may be Germanic confused with the Latin: compare Old High German chezzi (“a kettle, dish, bowl”), Old English cete (“cooking pot”), Icelandic kati, ketla (“a small boat”). Cognate with West Frisian tsjettel (“kettle”), Dutch ketel (“kettle”), German Kessel (“kettle”), Swedish kittel (“cauldron”), Swedish kittel (“kettle”), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 (katils, “kettle”). Compare also Russian котёл (kotjól, “boiler, cauldron”).

  1. A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid.
    To cook pasta, you first need to put the on.
    There's a hot of soup on the stove.
  2. The quantity held by a kettle.
  3. (Britain) A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.
    Stick the on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
  4. (geology) A kettle hole, sometimes any pothole.
  5. (ornithology, collective) A collective term for a group of raptors riding a thermal, especially when migrating.
  6. (rail transport, slang) A steam locomotive
  7. (music) A kettledrum.
  8. An instance of kettling; a group of protesters or rioters confined in a limited area.

    Notable Persons Named Kettle

    Kettle Wirts was a baseball. Kettle was born on October 30th, 1897 in Yeomet, California. He died on July 12th, 1968.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kettle

    Ma and Pa Kettle is a fictional character.


    Ross Kettle is an actor. Ross was born on September 15th, 1961 in Durban.


    Martin Kettle is a journalist.


    Danielle George is a in the fields of microwave engineering and radio-frequency engineering. Danielle was given the name Danielle Amanda Kettle in Newcastle upon Tyne.


    Tony Kettle is a design principal and director of kettle collective.


    Stephen was born on July 12th, 1966 in Castle Bromwich.


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    Popularity of Kettle as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kettle U.S.
      White 84.56% 64.26%
      African American 6.26% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 4.68% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kettle

    People with the last name Kettle are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Kettle

    • How Popular is the name Kettle? As a last name Kettle was the 14,307th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Kettle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Kettle is Saturday, December 20th, 1919.
    • How unique is the name Kettle? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Kettle. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Kettle: Your name in reverse order is Elttek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tetlek. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kettle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,092 people with the last name Kettle.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kettle? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kettle as their last name since less than 1 person in 141k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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