dust·​pan | \ ˈdəs(t)-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio) \

Definition of dustpan

: a shovel-shaped pan for sweepings

Examples of dustpan in a Sentence

Here's a broom and dustpan. Go sweep the kitchen.
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First Known Use of dustpan

1783, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Dustpan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dustpan. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dustpan


dust·​pan | \ ˈdəst-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio) \

Kids Definition of dustpan

: a flat pan shaped like a shovel into which dirt from the floor is swept

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