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 ladling (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 ladleful (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 Using a ladle, transfer the punch into a storage container. Cole Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Your Home Bar Needs a Smoke Gun, an Immersion Circulator, and...Milk?," 24 Apr. 2020 The knives can be used to carve the hollow cavity for wooden bowls, spoons, ladles and other necessities. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn't even have his drums. John Leicester, The Christian Science Monitor, "National Orchestra of France delivers rousing 'Boléro' from home," 2 Apr. 2020 Associated Press LE PECQ, France — Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn’t even have his drums. USA TODAY, "French National Orchestra performs while isolating in their homes due to coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020 His initial batch of five ladles sold slowly at Underdog Feeds. Blair Braverman, Anchorage Daily News, "This Iditarod’s hottest accessory is a carbon-fiber dog food ladle," 10 Mar. 2020 Melt butter or bacon grease in pan and ladle 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "How The Salmon Sisters do sourdough pancakes," 23 Apr. 2020 Customers are now required to use provided disposable gloves for handling scoops, ladles and tongs in the bulk section, and the salad and olive bars. oregonlive, "Costco, WinCo Foods cut store hours, as more Portland-area grocery stores adapt to coronavirus crisis," 27 Mar. 2020 Do it your way In Paris Hilton’s world, a soup ladle is a spoon and a potato masher is a fork. Washington Post, "I can’t even blame Paris, because she didn’t really tell me how to make it. But she did teach me something about attitude. “How is it?” asks a colleague I’ve recruited to help me assess the final product. My reply: “It’s AMAZING.”," 18 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Storage: To put up apple butter long-term, ladle it into sterilized glass jars and follow the jar manufacturer’s directions. Jane Black, Washington Post, "The slow cooker makes homemade apple butter a breeze," 2 Oct. 2019 To serve, ladle the curry into four shallow bowls, place a cauliflower slice in each bowl, and garnish with the garlic chips and some parsley. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland chef Bryant Terry brings international flair to vegan recipes," 5 May 2020 The amounts are too small to help significantly but would ladle on more undesirable debt. Ashoka Mody, National Review, "Europe’s Moment of Truth," 29 Apr. 2020 To serve, ladle the stew into bowls, top with a portion of the barley and garnish with the tomatoes and remaining cilantro. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Black Bean Stew with Pearl Barley," 15 Apr. 2020 Give the pot a good stir before ladling the chicken and dumplings into bowls to serve. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Fast and Easy Chicken and Dumplings," 15 Apr. 2020 Chef Yang’s pork broth was ready to ladle over ramen and udon noodles. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "'Can we last two weeks?': What it's like to be a restaurant worker during coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 Enjoy as is, stuffed into baked potatoes, or ladled on top of spaghetti as a twist on Cincinnati chili. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Grocery rules for your coronavirus lockdown: Buy beans, freeze milk, don't hoard, and more," 17 Mar. 2020 Otherwise, ladle the butter into clean jars, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 weeks. Jane Black, Washington Post, "The slow cooker makes homemade apple butter a breeze," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Ladle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ladle. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for ladle

ladle

noun
How to pronounce ladle (audio)

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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