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 Rinse the lentils in a fine mesh colander under cold water. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "Slow cooker recipes that will feed your family for days," 9 July 2020 This sturdy fine-mesh colander is great for rinsing all sorts of small grains, beans, berries or lentils. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "Slow cooker recipes that will feed your family for days," 9 July 2020 Place all the squash pieces in a colander set in your sink or over a bowl, sprinkle with the 2 teaspoons salt, then toss to evenly coat. cleveland, "Summer squash reaches its peak in the air fryer," 8 July 2020 Line a colander with a double layer of the filters and strain your yogurt for 1 to 2 hours, then just throw away the coffee filter. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Freezing cookies," 3 June 2020 Then, remove the greens to a colander, dump the water and repeat the process two or three more times. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, "How to Preserve and Store Your Hearty Greens," 14 May 2020 Using two slotted spoons, gently transfer the cauliflower slices to a colander to cool. Janelle Bitker,, "Oakland chef Bryant Terry brings international flair to vegan recipes," 5 May 2020 Pile them in a colander and turn on the faucet, picking each up and giving it a scrub with your hands before shaking off the excess water and placing them on clean kitchen towels to dry. Los Angeles Times, "How to cook through that restaurant’s produce box you bought," 13 Apr. 2020 The next day, transfer the vegetables to a colander and let the excess water drain. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Tomatillo Chow Chow," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of colander was in the 14th century

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24 Jul 2020

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“Colander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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