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 Put the colander on a plate; set aside for 30 minutes., 15 June 2021 Drain well in a colander, then transfer to a small saucepan. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, 7 July 2021 Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until the beans are cold., 6 July 2021 Transfer to a colander and rinse well under cold running water. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Thoughtfully designed with a pour spout, colander, and vented storage lid, these bowls are up to a variety of tasks, from rinsing veggies to pouring batter. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 Start by rinsing ¼ cup coriander seeds in a colander before roasting them in a dry frying pan over medium-low heat for about five minutes, until seeds are dark brown. Zinara Rathnayake, Bon Appétit, 17 June 2021 Drain the greens in a colander or fine-mesh strainer, removing any ice. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 Those who lack special eclipse glasses can safely view an eclipse indirectly by using do-it-yourself equipment like a homemade pinhole camera or a colander to project the image of the eclipse onto another surface. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 10 June 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Colander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colander

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


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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