ladle

noun
la·dle | \ˈlā-dᵊl \

Definition of ladle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a deep-bowled long-handled spoon used especially for dipping up and conveying liquids

2 : something resembling a ladle in form or function

ladle

verb
ladled; ladling\ˈlād-liŋ, ˈlā-dᵊl-iŋ \

Definition of ladle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take up and convey in or as if in a ladle

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Other Words from ladle

Noun

ladleful \ˈlā-dᵊl-ˌfu̇l \ noun

Synonyms for ladle

Synonyms: Noun

dipper, scoop, spoon

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, scoop, spoon

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Examples of ladle in a Sentence

Noun

the chef hunted for a ladle to add the chicken broth to the pot

Verb

The soup was ladled into the bowls. ladling the wine into cups
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stir a large ladle of sauce without shrimp into the pasta. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Toss spicy Italian puttanesca with shrimp and angel hair in this sublime summer dish," 18 June 2018 Using a ladle, skim off as much fat as possible (save it for another use). Bon Appetit, "Red-Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou)," 19 Mar. 2018 This was always an annoying multistep process, usually involving batches and the whole problem of getting the contents of a Dutch oven into my blender by ladle and measuring cup. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Why buying an immersion blender is a smooth move | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 The Lakers have LeBron James, who all by himself is three scoops of vanilla ice cream, two ladles of chocolate syrup and the sprinkles, and could get Kawhi Leonard. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Cowardly super teams turning NBA into a laugher," 3 July 2018 The menu star is Williams’ signature spiked punches served in old-fashioned punch bowls with a ladle and little glass cups. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Huge 'eatertainment' complex Punch Bowl Social debuts in East Village," 8 June 2018 Both come out in large tureens with metal ladles, though that’s where the similarities end. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 Lena neurotically washes dishes and ladles soup in one corner; Grandpa slams down Tecate and murmurs at the TV in another; the river lady appears stage center and howls. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Caridad Svich attempts a "graphic novel for the stage" with De Troya," 31 May 2018 Between the blender, bowl, ladle and whisk, I’m left with a sink full of dirty dishes and a wall splattered with green herb oil. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "A Green Goddess Dressing for When Speed Matters," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some advice-givers dole out punishing slaps or withering rebukes; others ladle out cups of verbal hot cocoa, reassuring and soothing. New York Times, "Wisdom Dispensed With Slaps and Puns: A Sprightly History of Advice-Giving," 1 June 2018 To serve, ladle the soup into individual shallow bowls. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "This dessert could be cooler than ice cream on a hot day," 3 July 2018 Indeed, for millennia, in the West as well as the East, bowls were the vessel from which ordinary people ate all their meals, because most cooking consisted of some kind of soup or stew or pottage, ladled from a common pot. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Season the soup with additional salt and pepper, if needed; then ladle into bowls. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 The luminous snapper laid down a neutral protein base for a cioppino that painted an intriguing line between broth and marinara with herbs, garlic and acidity ladled over shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018 In order to mask this, a savory sauce made from doubanjiang (chili bean paste), garlic, and ginger is ladled over a whole fish that has been lightly fried. Christina Liao, Vogue, "All the Szechuan Food You Should Try in Chengdu, China," 5 June 2018 In most Ethiopian restaurants, all of those get ladled onto a plate covered with a special bread called injera. Tom Hanchett, charlotteobserver, "At new Enat restaurant on The Plaza, Ethiopian traditions take on American twist | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 It was stained black, as if someone had ladled tar over its bark. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Are Avocados Toast?," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of ladle

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ladle

Noun

Middle English ladel, from Old English hlædel, from hladan

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ladle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ladle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large and deep spoon with a long handle that is used for serving a liquid

ladle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ladle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up and carry (a liquid) by using a large spoon : to serve (a liquid) with a ladle

ladle

noun
la·dle | \ˈlā-dᵊl \

Kids Definition of ladle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large and deep spoon with a long handle that is used especially for serving liquids a soup ladle

ladle

verb
ladled; ladling

Kids Definition of ladle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up and carry in a ladle

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