spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) , ˈspach-lə \

Definition of spatula

: a flat thin implement used especially for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, or lifting

Examples of spatula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a rubber spatula, fold the dressing and potatoes together., "Recipe: Toss golden potatoes with shaved asparagus, arugula, and a bright lemon dressing in this spring salad," 4 May 2021 Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use a rubber spatula to combine. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "The aroma of this cheesy, unfussy bread will transport you to France," 23 Apr. 2021 Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir just enough to incorporate, scraping down the bowl and spoon with a rubber spatula and stirring in any streaks. Washington Post, "This whole-banana bread uses the peels for more flavor — and less waste," 22 Apr. 2021 Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula just until mixed. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, "From The Freezer To The Table: Homemade Waffles In Minutes," 12 Apr. 2021 Using a rubber spatula, stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 To apply a crumb coat, use an offset spatula to spread a thin layer of frosting around the sides and on top of the cake. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "How To Frost a Cake like a Professional," 18 Mar. 2021 Use small offset spatula to smooth frosting inside scored egg shape. Genevieve Ko, Woman's Day, "Vanilla Buttercream Easter Egg Cake," 11 Mar. 2021 Slide a metal spatula around the inside of the pan to loosen it. Jeremy Harlan, CNN, "These epic Girl Scout cookie-inspired recipes put a new spin on classic flavors," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of spatula

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spatula

Late Latin, spoon, spatula — more at epaulet

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The first known use of spatula was in 1525

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11 May 2021

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“Spatula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spatula

: a kitchen tool that has a handle which is bent upward and a wide, thin blade used for lifting and turning foods on a hot surface
: a kitchen tool that has a long handle and short, soft blade and that is used especially for mixing, spreading, etc.
: a kitchen tool similar to a knife that has a flexible blade and that is used for mixing, spreading, etc.


spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) \

Kids Definition of spatula

1 : a tool resembling a knife with a broad flexible blade that is used mostly for spreading or mixing soft substances
2 : a kitchen utensil with a long handle and a wide blade used for scraping batter from a bowl or for lifting and flipping food


spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspach-(ə-)lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) \

Medical Definition of spatula

: a flat thin instrument for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, lifting, or scraping

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