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utensil

noun uten·sil \y-ˈten(t)-səl, ˈyü-ˌ\

: a simple and useful device that is used for doing tasks in a person's home and especially in the kitchen

Full Definition of UTENSIL

1
:  an implement, instrument, or vessel used in a household and especially a kitchen
2
:  a useful tool or implement
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Examples of UTENSIL

  1. <participants in the class must supply their own writing utensils>

Origin of UTENSIL

Middle English, vessels for domestic use, from Middle French utensile, from Latin utensilia, from neuter plural of utensilis useful, from uti to use
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of UTENSIL

implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task <crude stone implements> <farm implements>. tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement <a carpenter's tools>. instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work <the dentist's instruments>. appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment <household appliances>. utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity <kitchen utensils>.

Rhymes with UTENSIL

UTENSIL Defined for Kids

utensil

noun uten·sil \y-ˈten-səl\

Definition of UTENSIL for Kids

1
:  a tool or container used in a home and especially a kitchen
2
:  a useful tool

Word Root of UTENSIL

The Latin word ūtī, meaning to use, to possess, or to enjoy, and its form ūsus give us the roots ut and us. Words from the Latin ūtī have something to do with use. To use is to possess and enjoy. To abuse is to use something incorrectly or unfairly. Anything usual is commonly used by many people. A utensil is a tool that is used for a particular purpose, especially for eating or cooking.

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