colander

noun col·an·der \ ˈkä-lən-dər , ˈkə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of colander

: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food

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Origin and Etymology of colander

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


COLANDER Defined for English Language Learners

colander

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Definition of colander for English Language Learners

  • : a bowl that has many small holes and that is used for washing or draining food


COLANDER Defined for Kids

colander

noun col·an·der \ ˈkä-lən-dər , ˈkə- \

Definition of colander for Students

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

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