Definition of colander
: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food
Recent Examples of colander from the Web
Toss with one teaspoon of kosher salt and place in a colander to drain for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge.
Using a fine mesh colander, strain off any excess liquid, rinse with cold water and drain well.
Place the pumpkin pieces in a steamer or metal colander and over the boiling water.
Line a sieve or fine mesh colander with paper towel or a coffee filter and set over a deep bowl.
Drain potatoes into colander set into sink, and set aside.
Remove the artichokes and stems from the cooking liquid and drain upside down in a colander.
Also used as smoke barrier for chimneys, a register plate is marked with holes, much like a colander, and combines the disparate strands of yarn to form one thick piece of rope.
In sunlight, the sculpture resembles a metallic bouquet with aluminum colanders, bike rims and stainless steel cutlery holders forming the body and flower petals.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
COLANDER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of colander for Students
: a bowl-shaped utensil with small holes for draining foods
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