Definition of unkennel in English:


Pronunciation /(ˌ)ʌnˈkɛnl/


  • 1To drive (a fox) from its earth.

    Frequently (and in earliest use) in figurative contexts.

  • 2To release (a dog or pack of dogs) from a kennel or other place of confinement, especially in order to pursue a fox or other quarry. Frequently (and in earliest use) figurative and in figurative contexts: to let loose.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dorman (c1534–c1577), religious controversialist. From un- + kennel.