chef's knife


: a knife used for preparing food
especially : a large, general-purpose kitchen knife usually 8 to 10 inches long that has a blade curving upward along its length and ending in a narrow point
The chef's knife, usually 8 inches long, is … the workhorse of the kitchen. It is used for chopping, slicing, and dicing a variety of foods. Consumer Reports

Examples of chef's knife in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chef's knife was in 1893

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“Chef's knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

chef's knife

: a large kitchen knife with a triangular blade
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