col·​an·​der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər How to pronounce colander (audio) , ˈkə- How to pronounce colander (audio) \

Definition of colander

: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food

Examples of colander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transfer chopped tomatoes to a colander set over a bowl to catch excess liquid. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 13 July 2022 Reserve about 1½ cups pasta water, then drain pasta in a colander and return it to warm pot. Odette Williams, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Drain the greens well in a colander, pressing to remove excess liquid. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 Drain well in a colander, such as this OXO Softworks Colander ($12, Target). Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 With a slotted spoon, transfer the pasta to a colander to drain thoroughly., 2 Nov. 2021 Drain the noodles in a colander and run under cold water. Sally Pasley Vargas,, 24 May 2022 Place a steamer basket or metal colander in a wide pan, and fill the pan with just enough water to reach the bottom rim of the steamer. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Put the sliced onion in a colander in the sink and pour some boiling water over it, then briefly refresh under cold running water and drain well. Alysha Witwicki, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of colander

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colander

Middle English colyndore, probably modification of Old Occitan colador, from Medieval Latin colatorium, from Latin colare to sieve, from colum sieve

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11 Sep 2022

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“Colander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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col·​an·​der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər How to pronounce colander (audio) , ˈkə- \

Kids Definition of colander

: a bowl-shaped utensil with small holes for draining foods

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