ladle

noun
la·​dle | \ ˈlā-dᵊl How to pronounce ladle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ladle (audio) , 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 How to pronounce ladle (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for ladle

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Shinto shrines, visitors traditionally purify their mouths and hands with water from a wooden ladle. Washington Post, "For the Arcanists, Inc., all the DMV is a stage — for installation/performance art," 7 Apr. 2021 Using a small ladle, pour the mix onto the pan in a small circle. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lebanese attavef with walnuts recipe," 1 Dec. 2020 Serve 2-3 Canederli in a shallow bowl with a large ladle full of broth. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, "What Grows Together Goes Together: The Wine And Food Of Italy’s Alto Adige Region," 11 Mar. 2021 Using a ladle, skim off any fat from the top of the liquid and discard. Dallas News, "3 essential recipes from Jake Cohen’s new ‘Jew-ish’ cookbook," 5 Mar. 2021 Indeed, those Sidewinder fries, piled high with cheese curds, pulled pork, housemade sauce and creamy slaw — along with an overflowing ladle of cheese sauce — would make a fine centerfold for Gluttony Illustrated. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Best Barbecue: 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards," 26 Feb. 2021 In addition to its Canal Park facility, Cedar & Stone also builds custom saunas for homes or businesses and sells curated sauna products imported from around the world (favorites include stoves from Estonia and bucket-ladle sets from Finland). Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Embracing Finnish roots, Duluth business builds rare ice sauna," 13 Feb. 2021 Also unearthed were a bronze ladle, nine amphorae, which were popular food containers in Roman times, a couple of flasks and a ceramic oil container. Fox News, "Pompeii dig uncovers secrets from unearthed fast-food restaurant," 28 Dec. 2020 Add an extra ladle of stock to make the risotto oozy, then turn off the heat. Star Tribune, "Sunday supper: Creamy Broccoli Risotto," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now that Congress has brought back earmarks, which allow individual lawmakers to flag budget lines for specific projects or nonprofits, representatives are likely to ladle all sorts of goodies into the bill. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The One Thing to Understand About Biden's Infrastructure Plan," 13 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, Method Man and Redman ladle the cut with punchlines, and DMX uses his verse to shout out energetic ski-mask threats. Christian Hoard, Rolling Stone, "DMX: 16 Essential Songs," 9 Apr. 2021 Divide mushrooms, tofu and crab, if using, among 4 bowls, and ladle hot broth over each serving. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "30-Minute Recipe: A Fresh Take on Hot and Sour Soup," 3 Mar. 2021 To plate individually: In a wide, shallow bowl, place 1 egg on a piece of fried bread and add another piece on the side, and ladle the sauce on top. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A Very French Way to Poach an Egg," 8 Apr. 2021 Stir in the herbs, then ladle into bowls and serve hot. Washington Post, "Proof spring is soup season, too: This bright bowl packed with peas, leeks, spinach and herbs," 8 Apr. 2021 The cashier would cut open the side of the bag with scissors, ladle in some hot chili and then sprinkle cheese on top. New York Times, "How I Learned to Love Cardboard During the Pandemic," 30 Mar. 2021 Then, generously ladle more gravy over the sandwich. Washington Post, "This New Orleans-style Thanksgiving po’ boy is the answer to all your holiday leftovers," 17 Nov. 2020 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked matzo balls to serving bowls, then ladle the soup over and serve. Dallas News, "3 essential recipes from Jake Cohen’s new ‘Jew-ish’ cookbook," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of ladle was before the 12th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Ladle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ladle. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce ladle (audio) \

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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