A kennel is a structure or business that houses animals, particularly dogs and cats. You might leave your dog at a kennel while you go on vacation.

You might have a small kennel for your dog in your backyard, or have your pet groomed or boarded at a professional kennel. Some kennels are kept for breeding animals — when you buy a puppy from a breeder, you might pick him up at a kennel. The word kennel, by way of the Anglo-French kenil, and the Vulgar Latin canile, has its roots in the Latin canis, or "dog."

Definitions of kennel
  1. noun
    outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
    synonyms: dog house, doghouse
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    type of:
    a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building
    protective covering that provides protection from the weather
  2. verb
    put up in a kennel
    kennel a dog”
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    type of:
    provide shelter for
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